Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

With waiver, US lets Iran keep getting benefits of nuke deal


The announcement came two days before Iranian elections, and just before Mr. Trump's first overseas trip as president. The extension of the sanctions comes ahead of Iran's presidential election on Friday.

The statement further highlights Iran's legal right to developing its defense capabilities to preserve its sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity, adding that its missile program does not violate any of Iran's global commitments and the 2231 resolution.

Leaving aside the fact that the Trump Administration is now distracted by the seemingly endless series of revelations related to the investigation into Russian interference in the election and Trump campaign contacts with Russia, there quite simply isn't any good reason to back out of the deal, and no indication that the United States would have any support from its worldwide partners if it tried to renege on the deal.

Referring to Iran as "the number one terrorist state", the USA president said the Middle Eastern country supplies money and weapons to terrorist groups. "It is alarming that individuals involved with Iran's missile program are assisting the brutal Assad regime, and we are taking action to curtail this behavior".

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The United States have issued sanctions in response to developments in Iran's ballistic missile program. "Above all, the United States will never allow the regime in Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon".

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will continue granting nuclear sanctions relief to Iran, keeping the Obama-era nuclear deal intact for now.

In April, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Iran was complying with its side of the bargain, but described the country as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism.

The moves indicated that while President Donald Trump was not ready to openly jettison the worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran, he was keen to display a tougher line over Tehran's actions across the region.

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Mr Trump had threatened to tear up the nuclear deal during his campaign and has launched a review of its terms, but until then the deal requires him to renew sanctions relief at regular intervals.

Meanwhile in a surprising move on the same day the Trump administration waived other, broader sanctions on Iran, the Department of Treasury imposed sanctions on two Iranian defense officials, an Iranian company and members of a China-based network. The planes were officially given to Iran Air in a ceremony Tuesday in Toulouse, where ATR is based.

And US officials vowed to maintain pressure on Iran over human rights abuses and renewed their demand that Tehran release US citizens held in its notorious jails. "At least as of now, it appears that drastically changing United States economic sanctions on Iran is taking a back-seat to domestic concerns", he said.

A spokesman for the administration explained that the agreement is undergoing a review and only when that's finished will "comprehensive Iran" policy be formulated.

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