Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump Imposes Iran Missile Sanctions and Keeps Nuclear Deal

The US on Wednesday renewed a waiver of the key, and most punitive, sanctions that it imposed on Iran before the nuclear deal was ultimately struck.

During his campaign, Trump referred to the landmark agreement as the worst deal ever negotiated, as NPR has reported.

Every 90 days, the USA president must certify for Congress that Iran is fully compliant with the JCPOA to ensure that the economic sanctions can continue to be waivered. Chinese complaints come despite worldwide recognition of the destabilising effect both Iran and North Korea have.

US President Donald Trump on May 17 extended wide sanctions relief for Iran called for under the 2015 global nuclear deal.

Rather than permanently repealing United States sanctions, which would have required congressional action, the Obama administration put a temporary hold on them, which must be periodically extended as long as Iran remains in compliance with the deal. The waivers, which exempt foreign companies that do business with Iran from USA sanctions still on the books, will expire before Iranian's go to the polls to elect their next president on Friday.

"I think the Trump administration has come to understand that it is in our national security interest". Shiraz is controlled by the Iranian military, supplying it with missile guidance technology.

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The Trump administration said Wednesday it will extend sanctions relief for Iran given under the 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic republic.

Sherman was asked about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also had harsh words for the deal on a recent trip to Washington. In the meantime, Jones said, the US will keep implementing the deal, including the sanctions relief.

At the same time, the Trump administration imposed new penalties on Iranian and Chinese entities for supporting Iran's ballistic missile program.

New sanctions also have been placed on an Iranian-based company known as Matin Sanat Nik Andishan for its proliferation activities supporting Iran's ballistic missile program. Simultaneously, the State Department released a congressionally mandated semi-annual report on human rights abuses. We urge our partners around the world to join us in calling out individuals and entities who violate worldwide sanctions targeting Iran's human rights abuses.

But Washington's top diplomat for the Middle East, Stuart Jones, said in a statement that the department had told Congress that "the United States continues to waive sanctions" that were lifted under the Iran deal. Iran will hold is presidential election on Friday, May 19, and sees the incumbent moderate president Rouhani face off with a conservative hard-line challenger, Ebrahim Raisi. "Yet, the administration continues to stand in the way of what is legitimate trade with Iran, which the agreement obligates the United States not to do", Parsi added.

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