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U.S. extends some Iran sanctions relief under nuclear deal

U.S. extends some Iran sanctions relief under nuclear deal

The US has imposed new sanctions on Tehran on Thursday over its ballistic missile program despite statements published by the Iranian leadership stating that Tehran fully abides by the nuclear agreement. In exchange for Tehran rolling back its nuclear program, the US and other world powers agreed to suspend wide-ranging oil, trade and financial penalties that had choked the Iranian economy.

A European official, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private, described a visit by Americans as part of a listening tour on Iran policy and stressed there was no agreement.

"Iran is clearly in defiance of these obligations", Tillerson said, pointing to its support of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, cyber activity and testing of ballistic missiles. At such a situation Iran's right of protesting or even leaving the nuclear agreement is reserved. "That Iranian nuclear agreement has held and is one of the few bright spots in that region", Blumenauer said.

Last week, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, called the deal a "very flawed and very limited agreement" and contended that "Iran has been caught in multiple violations over the past year-and-a-half".

Trump faces another deadline on Thursday on the nuclear accord.

That's produced a search for new options before the October 15 deadline under a law requiring the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is complying with the accord.

But first Trump must decide to extend sanctions relief to Iran under a separate clock. Additionally, in a repeat of the effort to build the case for the Iraq war under a newly created "Office of Special Plans" in 2002, the Trump White House has assigned a team of ideological advisers to lay the groundwork to terminate the JCPOA.

The bigger question they and people outside government are pointing to is the one in a month's time.

"The Iran deal is not a fair deal to this country".

The officials weren't authorized to discuss such internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

But the president would not be drawn on whether he has already made a decision. He also told The Wall Street Journal that he "does not expect that they will be in compliance". "They have violated so many different elements, but they've also violated the spirit of that deal". Those, however, aren't specifically covered in the nuclear agreement.

Sherman warned against decertification, saying it would rob the USA of any leverage against Iran, drive a wedge between the US and its European allies, undermine American credibility in other negotiations such as on North Korea and NAFTA, and empower hardliners in Iran.

The current crisis with North Korea has been discussed often in this context - that tearing up the Iran deal would harm USA credibility with North Korea as it tries to negotiate for Pyongyang to denuclearize.

IAEA director general Yukiya Amano, left, and Iran's Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akhbar Salehi sign confidential documents in Vienna on July 14, 2015 which, among other things, dealt with how the agency would look into concerns about Iran's nuclear activities at a military site, Parchin.

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