Administration Renews Iran Sanctions Waiver, Signals Tougher Stance on Nuke Deal

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He added that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal name for the nuclear deal, is not just a deal between Iran and the US and Iran has interaction with the other five signatories. "And, as we engage in this conversation about possible arrangements to supplement the JCPOA, we should do so in a way that protects and stabilizes the current deal rather than threatening steps that would blow it up".

Iran's attack on Amano is particularly embarrassing for the IAEA as it comes just days after Amano confirmed that the IAEA believes that Iran is in compliance with the deal.

But they still have to convince Trump.

Trump faces another deadline on Thursday on the nuclear accord.

Jaffer stated that he was pleased that the Donald Trump administration was looking into alternatives but said that the best option would be to scrap the nuclear deal altogether, whether or not a replacement was found. "That Iranian nuclear agreement has held and is one of the few bright spots in that region", Blumenauer said. "They have violated so many different elements, but they've also violated the spirit of that deal".

In a recent talk with ICANA, Ali Bakhtiar added that the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is regarded as worldwide law as it has been endorsed by the United Nations Security Council.

Supporters of the JCPOA such as Ali Vaez, senior Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group, say the remarkable access the West now has to Iran's nuclear program via the deal and the IAEA inspections should not be thrown away lightly.

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Albright and Heinonen suggest that Iran may be in violation of some of these restrictions, and they argue that the IAEA should inspect Iranian military sites as a regular part of enforcing this part of the agreement, not treat such inspections as special cases used only in response to evidence of a specific violation. He also said that upholding the Iran nuclear agreement was important as the global community seeks to grapple with the North Korean nuclear threat. "I think there is actually plenty of room to work out a mutually agreed policy going forward". White House and Pentagon officials are deeply concerned about the potential risks of Iranian retaliation against thousands of USA troops deployed in Iraq and Syria who are in close proximity to Tehran-backed militia.

The United States on Thursday extended some sanctions relief for Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal, the State Department said, but no decision has been made on whether to preserve the deal itself.

The United States will renew a waiver of the key, and most punitive, sanctions that it imposed on Iran before the nuclear deal was ultimately struck, the sources said.

The sanctions were passed by Congress and go into effect unless they're waived every few months - which Trump has done previously. "What's the US going to offer in return?"

In selling the JCPOA to the American people and Congress, the Obama White House frequently pointed to the Additional Protocol arrangement as a further defense against Iranian cheating on its obligations.

The Trump White House's threats to dismantle the JCPOA are tremendously unsafe for the US and the entire world.

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