USA extends sanctions for Iran under nuclear deal

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2017

With the deadline for Trump to decide whether the deal is to be preserved looming in October, relief from some of the sanctions on Iran as part of the agreement was extended on Thursday.

"There is no nuclear activity or even research in any of the Islamic Republic of Iran's military centers, and visits by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the past years have confirmed the issue", the top security official said.

Shamkhani said "Iran has no undisclosed nuclear activity in any geographical location in the country".

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani has said the issue of access to Iran's military sites is a "closed dossier", noting Iran will respond to US "counter-constructive behavior".

The penalties are created to put pressure on Iran as they continue to deny violating the nuclear deal.

"President Trump has made it clear", Tillerson said.

"Waiving some of those sanctions should not be seen as an indication of President [Donald] Trump or his administration's position on the [nuclear deal], nor is the waiver giving the Iranian regime a pass on its broad range of malign behavior", U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. He added that United States officials "offer baseless assumption against the peaceful nuclear program of Iran", Mehr News Agency reported.

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"About time for United States to stop spinning and begin complying, just like Iran", the minister wrote.

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is "not (re) negotiable", saying that "a "better" deal is pure fantasy".

However, the Trump administration has frequently charged that Tehran breaks the "spirit" of the deal by continuing to test-launch ballistic missiles and rockets capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

"We are not going to stand for what they are doing", Trump told reporters on Air Force One.

Such an "unconstructive" attitude, which is meant to "actively undermine the worldwide agreement", would further tarnish the U.S. standing in the world, and would certainly be met with Iran's proportionate response, he added.

The IAEA's Board of Governors voted overwhelmingly in December 2015, months after the nuclear deal was signed, in favor of a resolution that closed the so-called possible military dimensions (PMD) case in Iran's nuclear program.

Although Trump may still ditch the agreement, it now seems more likely that he'll seek a less radical approach in pressuring Iran, a country he and many in his administration distrust deeply.

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