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Trump administration says Iran complying with nuclear deal

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Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 07:06

The Donald Trump administration has notified Congress that Iran has been compliant with its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement, and it is reviewing whether the continued suspension of sanctions is in the United States' national interests. He said the National Security Council-led interagency review of the agreement will evaluate whether it "is vital to the national security interests of the United States".

His statement was the latest in a drumbeat of warnings from the Trump administration that it is set to crack down on Iran and might reconsider the nuclear deal reached between the US, EU partners, Russian Federation and China.

After the International Atomic Energy Agency verified in January of 2016 that Iran was in compliance with terms to scale back its nuclear program, some international sanctions were lifted.

Trump has criticised the nuclear deal and said during his election campaign he would stop Iran's missile programme.

The then-candidate declined to give details about his plans to improve the deal, and Trump has not clarified how he would approach a new agreement since becoming President.

The deal between Iran, the United States, and other world powers last July made the mistake of "buying off a power that has nuclear ambitions" for a short time and then leaving the problem to future generations to resolve, Tillerson said.

"The comprehensive Iran policy requires that we address all of the threats posed by Iran, and it is clear there are many".

Early April, the American plane maker Boing said it had agreed to sell $3 billion in airplanes to an Iranian airline, deepening the American manufacturer's bet on the Iranian market following the lifting of sanctions.

Around $100 million worth of Iranian oil money and other assets were frozen prior to the agreement.

The development of the U.S. reviewing the sanctions relief for Iran comes as Washington also asserted that Iran remains a "leading sponsor" of terrorism. I put it similarly, Congress should authorize the president "to take military action against Iran's nuclear weapon's program if it were to cross the red lines".

Other lawmakers insisted that Iran had violated the deal after the IAEA reported that the country was in possession of more heavy water than technically allowed. -Iranian tensions, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, who was in Saudi Arabia on a tour of the Middle East, on Wednesday accused Iran of sending missiles to rebel Houthi fighters in Yemen.

"Part of the review.is to determine where Iran is in compliance with the deal and to make recommendations to the president on the path forward", Spicer said. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.