Trump likely to re-certify Iran's compliance with Obama-brokered nuclear deal

Henrietta Brewer
July 18, 2017

"Moving forward, the administration intends to employ a strategy that will address the totality of Iran's malign behavior and not just focus on the nuclear deal".

It was the second time Trump certified Iranian compliance with the agreement since he took office in January, despite criticizing it during the 2016 campaign as "the worst deal ever".

"A senior administration told reporters that the administration will certify to Congress that Iran is meeting the provisions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but stressed that it plans to take a broader approach to combat Iran's other "malign activities", including additional sanction for Iran's actions outside the scope of the nuclear deal". Trump had faced a congressionally mandated deadline of Monday to decide.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to make an announcement on Iran's nuclear agreement "very shortly". Officials pointed to other, non-nuclear threats, including complicity in the atrocities committed by the Assad regime in Syria, freedom of navigation waterways in the Middle East, cyberattacks against the United States and other countries, and the arbitrary detention of foreign nationals, including USA citizens.

Zarif argued the United States' failure to build on the foundation of trust created by the Iran nuclear deal suggests "US hostility to Iran will not end".

Earlier this year Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt all cut off diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of financing Islamist militant groups and allying with Iran - allegations Qatar denies.

Bolton also said, since there is no chance of changing the Iranian deal, becasue Teheran would never agree to that, the U. The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, concluded in December 2015, however, that Iran worked on the design of a missile-borne nuclear warhead until 2009.

But senior administration officials made clear that the certification was grudging, and said that Trump meant to impose a new round of sanctions against Iran for ongoing "malign activities" in non-nuclear areas such as ballistic missile development and support for terrorism.

"Iran is a serious partner for all these countries in fighting a common enemy because we believe at the end of the day. these extremist forces are as much a threat against us, but even more a threat against them", Zarif said.

The administration is also looking at ways to strengthen the nuclear deal and more strictly enforce it, the official said, citing concerns that the deal over time would let Iran openly pursue industrial-scale nuclear fuel enrichment.

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