US, for now, retains Iran deal sanctions relief

US, for now, retains Iran deal sanctions relief

Shamkhani said "Iran has no undisclosed nuclear activity in any geographical location in the country".

The official went on to note that, of course, the ongoing exhibition in Tehran marks the best response to America's House of Representatives, for it reflects reliance on national capabilities gained through sanction year; "despite the U.S. plan to hold Iran back through sanctions, we were able to proceed and make progress thanks to knowledge of prominent experts of the country in all private and state sectors".

The penalties are created to put pressure on Iran as they continue to deny violating the nuclear deal.

Senior administration officials said the move was meant to signal a willingness to confront Iran over behavior it finds to be out of sync with the deal, despite the latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations group assigned to monitor the deal, indicating that Iran has been in compliance.

"Access to Iranian military sites is unnecessary", Shamkani said, according to IRNA news agency.

Reports by Reuters, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, and ABC News, citing unnamed administration officials, both indicated that the White House is set to extend a waiver on wide-ranging oil, trade, and financial sanctions first lifted by Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program in a landmark 2015 deal that Trump has repeatedly criticized. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson all favor maintaining the deal European governments have also urged Trump to stay in.

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Policy hawks welcomed the US Treasury's announcement of new sanctions on non-nuclear issues. "We must take into account the totality of Iranian threats, not just Iran's nuclear capabilities".

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is "not (re) negotiable", saying that "a "better" deal is pure fantasy".

"You'll see what I'm going to be doing very shortly in October", Trump told reporters traveling with him on Air Force One.

After the president grudgingly recertified the agreement in July, he commissioned a team whose sole objective consisted of unearthing Iranian violations so that Trump could justify reversing himself the deal in October - even though doing so would not, in and of itself, kill the deal. So far, he hasn't received any support for ripping up the agreement.

Under US law, Trump must certify to Congress every 90 days whether Iran is in compliance with the deal with the next such deadline approaching on October 15.

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