U.S. Extends Iran Sanctions Relief With More Sanctions
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.