US ex­tends Iran sanc­tions re­lief un­der nu­clear deal

John­son: UK wants nu­clear deal alive

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The United States on Thurs­day ex­tended sanc­tions re­lief for Iran un­der the 2015 nu­clear deal, the State De­part­ment said.

US President Don­ald Trump claimed Iran had “vi­o­lated so many dif­fer­ent el­e­ments, but they’ve also vi­o­lated the spirit of that deal”. He did not say what he would do on 15 Oc­to­ber, when Con­gress re­quires the ad­min­is­tra­tion to cer­tify Iran’s com­pli­ance, but said his stance would be “very ev­i­dent”.

“The Iran deal is one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen,” he said. “Not a fair deal to this coun­try. It’s a deal that should have never ever been made. You’ll see what we’re do­ing ... it’s go­ing to be in Oc­to­ber.”

If Trump blocks cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Ira­nian com­pli­ance in mid-oc­to­ber that Iran is com­ply­ing with the agree­ment, known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA), it would cause a sub­stan­tial rift with Wash­ing­ton’s Euro­pean al­lies. But the US president has ap­peared de­ter­mined to over­turn an agree­ment the Barack Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion saw as its sig­na­ture for­eign pol­icy achieve­ment.

The ex­ten­sions of the waivers on nu­clear sanc­tions, first is­sued by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, were ac­com­pa­nied by new penal­ties im­posed against 11 Ira­nian peo­ple and com­pa­nies ac­cused of sup­port­ing Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram or in­volve­ment in cy­ber-at­tacks against the US fi­nan­cial sys­tem.

The nu­clear sanc­tions waivers are Amer­ica’s part of the deal’s cen­tral bar­gain. In ex­change for Tehran rolling back its atomic pro­gram, the US and other world pow­ers agreed to sus­pend wide-rang­ing oil, trade and fi­nan­cial penal­ties.

The prospect of Wash­ing­ton reneg­ing on the agree­ment has wor­ried some of the key US al­lies that helped ne­go­ti­ate the deal

As of­fi­cials have made clear for months, the White House is seek­ing ways to find that Tehran is not com­ply­ing with the agree­ment.

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