US extends Iran sanctions relief under nuclear deal
Johnson: UK wants nuclear deal alive
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.