Iran gets ex­ten­sion of sanc­tions eas­ing

But pres­i­dent also ac­cuses Tehran of vi­o­lat­ing nuke deal.

Dayton Daily News - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - By Matthew Lee As­so­ci­ated Press

— The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion Thurs­day ex­tended sanc­tions re­lief for Iran, avoid­ing im­mi­nent ac­tion that could im­plode

the land­mark 2015 nu­clear deal even as Pres­i­dent Don- ald Trump and Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son ac­cused Tehran of not re­spect­ing the en­tire agree­ment.

The ex­ten­sions of the waiv- ers on nu­clear sanc­tions, first is­sued by the Obama ad­min- is­tra­tion, were ac­com­pa­nied by new penal­ties im­posed against 11 Ira­ni­ans and Ira­nian com­pa­nies ac­cused of sup­port­ing Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram or in­volve­ment in cy­ber­at­tacks against the U.S. fi­nan­cial sys­tem.

The com­bi­na­tion of steps — known in­ter­nally as “waive

and slap” — came as the ad­min­is­tra­tion nears com- ple­tion of a month­s­long

re­view of its Iran pol­icy that is ex­pected next month, per- haps as early as Oct. 15, when

Trump must in­form Congress if Iran is com­ply­ing with the terms of the nu­clear agree- ment and whether the deal

re­mains in U.S. na­tional secu- rity in­ter­ests.

In com­ments to re­porters aboard Air Force One, Trump re­peated his cam

paign pro­nounce­ment that the deal is bad and again said he be­lieves Iran is vi­o­lat­ing its terms and spirit. “We are not go­ing to stand for what they are do­ing to this coun­try,” Trump said. “They have vi­o­lated so many el­e­ments but they have also vio

lated the spirit of that deal.” Speak­ing in London at a joint news con­fer­ence with Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son, Tiller­son told re­porters the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ap­proach to Iran could not be de­ter­mined on the ba­sis of the nu­clear ac­cord alone.

“We must take into ac­count the to­tal­ity of Ira­nian threats, not just its nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Iran is clearly in de­fi­ance of th­ese obli­ga­tions,” Tiller­son said, point­ing to its sup­port of Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s gov­ern­ment, cy­ber­at­tacks and test­ing of bal­lis­tic mis­siles.

Be­fore an­nounc­ing the waivers ex­ten­sion, State Depart­ment spokes­woman Heather Nauert re­cited a litany of what she called provoca­tive and bel­liger

ent Ira­nian ac­tion that she said demon­strated Iran’s ma­lign be­hav­ior.

Mean­while, the Trea­sury de­liv­ered the “slap” part of the strat­egy, im­pos­ing sanc

tions on Ira­nian com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als af­fil­i­ated with the Ira­nian Revo­lu­tion­ary Guards Corps, Ira­nian air­lines and those be­lieved to have been in­volved in cy­ber­at­tacks on U.S. banks.

The waivers are part of the deal’s cen­tral bar­gain.

In ex­change for Tehran rolling back its atomic pro­gram, the U.S. and other world pow­ers agreed to sus­pend wide-rang­ing oil, trade and fi­nan­cial penal­ties that had choked the Ira­nian econ­omy. Iran re­jects the con­ten

tion that it has bro­ken the agree­ment. And it can point to a U.N. re­port this week show­ing that Iran was meet­ing the con­di­tions set out in the July 2015 ac­cord.

The pres­i­dent must cer­tify to Congress ev­ery 90 days whether Iran is ad­her­ing to the agree­ment. If he doesn’t, Congress has 60 days to de­cide whether to re-im­pose sanc­tions lifted un­der the agree­ment.

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