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

United States extends sanctions relief under Iran nuclear deal

In a statement, USA ambassador to the Middle East Stuart Jones said the United States would continue to waive sanctions that were lifted under the Iran's deal.

The move came despite U.S. President Donald Trump's extension of sanctions relief for Iran under the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - JCPOA - reached between Iran and the P5+1 group.

Dual announcements by the State and Treasury Departments on Wednesday focused on condemning Iran's ballistic-missile program, its human rights record and its support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Ghasemi said Iran would retaliate by adding nine United States individuals and companies to its own sanctions list, accusing them of "clear violations of human rights" in relation to their support for Israel or "terrorist groups" in the Middle East.

The US Treasury added that two Iranian defense officials, an Iranian company, and members of a China-based network have been sanctioned for supporting the program.

Through a newly formed organization called Diplomacy Works, Kerry and several national security experts who served under former U.S. President Barack Obama are fighting to protect the nuclear agreement, The Independent reported.

The Trump administration is conducting an interagency review of USA policy to Iran and whether the nuclear deal advances United States national security interests, Jones said.

The US administration is re-evaluating its relationship with Iran, including whether to remain a party to the nuclear deal.

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"The worst deal I think I've ever seen negotiated that you started is the Iran deal".

But in April, Mr Trump ordered a wider review of the nuclear deal, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Iran "remains a leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods".

Shortly before Trump's January 20 inauguration, Kerry said the nuclear accord was one of Obama's policy victories and warned Trump that canceling it would harm the United States in an irreparable way.

"It's a clear message to foreign banks and companies looking to do business with Iran: You will be taking significant risks if you deal with a regime engaged in continued malign conduct and still covered by a web of expanding non-nuclear sanctions", he said.

Iran holds a presidential election on Friday in which incumbent Hassan Rouhani will be seeking a second term against hardline challengers who say the nuclear pact has not delivered economic recovery as he promised.

According to Reuters, some of the waivers were set to expire this week unless they were extended by the commander in chief.

The reviewing whether to continue honoring what President Donald Trump has called "the frightful Iran deal".

This is the first time Mr Trump has been faced with the issue, after former Mr Obama renewed the agreement shortly before he left office.

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