US certifies Iran nuclear deal – vows to impose new sanctions


18 July 2017 | AJE and Wires | Al Jazeera English

“The Trump administration has for the second time declared that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal, but threatened more sanctions for breaching the “spirit” of the agreement.

The announcement came just hours before the midnight deadline for US President Donald Trump to inform congress whether Iran had met the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal.

“The conditions have been met, based on information available to the United States,” one official said during a briefing with reporters on Monday.

In a shift from Trump’s campaign promise to “rip up” the “worst deal ever”, officials said that the administration was working with US allies to try to fix the agreement’s flaws, including the expiration of some nuclear restrictions after a decade or more.

Officials also said that the United States would slap new sanctions on Tehran, penalising the Islamic Republic for developing ballistic missiles and for contributing to regional tensions.

They emphasised several long-standing US concerns about human rights abuses and Iran’s alleged support for “terrorism” in the region.

Trump and the administration “judge that Iran is unquestionably in default of the spirit” of the agreement, one official said.

That assessment carries no legal force, while Trump’s certification that Iran is complying with the agreement clears the way for sanctions to remain lifted.

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