With waiver, US lets Iran keep getting benefits of nuke deal

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

But those sanctions waivers need to be periodically renewed, and today was the first deadline to fall during President Trump's term.

The administration's announcement came before Iran holds a presidential election on Friday, and it's unclear if Trump's strident rhetoric - and the fate of the nuclear deal - will shape the outcome.

Under the deal, the USA and five other world powers agreed to lift sanctions in exchange for Iran rolling back its nuclear program.

The United States will continue to "waive sanctions as required to continue implementing USA sanctions-lifting commitments" under the nuclear deal, the State Department said in a statement.

The Treasury said it had added two Iranian defense officials and an Iranian business to its sanctions lists, accusing them of aiding the missile program or supplying explosives to Syria.

The designation of the seven Iranian and Chinese people and companies blocks any assets they might have in the United States and bars Americans and non-Americans from doing business with them, at the risk of being blacklisted by the United States.

As lawmakers prepare for an imminent debate over a new bill pressing further sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile development, human.

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In a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Iran had complied with its commitments.

Rouhani, who is still seen as the front-runner in unofficial polls, has vowed to work towards the removal of remaining sanctions and called for more time to allow the benefits of the deal to reach ordinary Iranians. Here's where the idiocy of President Obama's negotiations are made obvious. Worldwide sanctions will not "snap back", as President Obama said they would if Iran cheated.

Pulling out in the absence of clear Iranian violations would likely upset US allies and other nations involved in making the deal work.

Why doesn't the Trump administration reveal the secret protocols, side deals, and unpublicized details of the agreement? Currently, Washington is trying to prevent a rise in anti-Americanism in Iran.

Trump said that the US still does not need to import oil from Iran for its own market.

Though since Trump became president, fears have been raised over the future of the JCPOA, as he had called the accord "the worst deal ever" and promised to rip it up once in office. "If it's undercut by Iranian rejection of what the deal brought, it will be more hard to anticipate it enduring more than months".

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