U.S. Ex­tends Iran Sanc­tions Re­lief With More Sanc­tions

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WASH­ING­TON (Dis­patches) - The U.S. has ex­tended sanc­tions re­lief to Iran un­der the coun­tries’ nu­clear deal, but re­peated ac­cu­sa­tions that Tehran is vi­o­lat­ing the spirit of the agree­ment.

President Don­ald Trump, who has threat­ened to tear up the 2015 ac­cord, said Iran had “vi­o­lated so many dif­fer­ent el­e­ments” of the deal, un­der which the U.S. agreed to waive nu­mer­ous sanc­tions on the Is­lamic repub­lic. The waiver has to be re­newed every 120 days.

“We are not go­ing to stand for what they are do­ing,” Mr Trump told re­porters on Air Force One. “You’ll see what we’ll be do­ing in Oc­to­ber.”

The president has un­til Oc­to­ber 15 to cer­tify to Con­gress whether Iran is in com­pli­ance with the ac­cord — a sep­a­rate de­ci­sion that is made every three months.

The U.S. main­tains sep­a­rate sanc­tions against Iran re­lated its bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram and al­le­ga­tions that Tehran spon­sors ter­ror­ism in the re­gion. On Thurs­day, the U.S. Trea­sury im­posed new re­stric­tions on 11 peo­ple and en­ti­ties for sup­port­ing Ira­nian ac­tions, in­clud­ing cy­ber at­tacks against U.S. fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions.

“Trea­sury will con­tinue to take strong ac­tions to counter Iran’s provo­ca­tions,” Steven Mnuchin, Trea­sury sec­re­tary, said in a state­ment.

Rex Tiller­son, the U.S. sec­re­tary of state, said the ad­min­is­tra­tion had not made a de­ci­sion on whether Iran was com­ply­ing with the deal, known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA). But speak­ing in Lon­don on Thurs­day, he said Iran’s de­vel­op­ment of its bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram and its sup­port for Syrian president Bashar al-As­sad went against the spirit of the deal.

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