Iran calls new United States sanctions bluff

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

"The United States will remain vigilant when it comes to Iran".

The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Thursday denounced the new series of sanctions imposed by the USA on its ballistic missile programme, calling them illegal and unacceptable.

Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying."Iran condemns United State's unacceptable ill will in its effort to undermine the positive outcome of Tehran's commitment to implement the nuclear deal by adding individuals to its list of unilateral and illegal sanctions".

The waiver Wednesday of sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program has been expected since last month, when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Iran to be in compliance with the 2015 agreement that relieves sanctions in exchange for rollbacks in Iran's nuclear program.

Wednesday was the deadline for the U.S. to extend sanctions relief to the Iranian Regime, a move which must be done every 120 days. It was renewed today.

Jones said the U.S.is still forming a "comprehensive Iran policy, " alluding to President Donald Trump's assertion that he may tear up the deal after he finishes reviewing it.

Iran has also warned that it would restore its nuclear activities to the pre-JCPOA level, if the other side - especially the USA - fails to keep its end of the bargain.

As a candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Trump frequently criticized the JCPOA as "the worst deal ever negotiated", but offered conflicting opinions on whether he would try to scrap it, renegotiate its terms or keep it in place.

Shortly before Trump's January 20 inauguration, Kerry said the nuclear accord was one of Obama's policy victories and warned Trump that canceling it would harm the U.S. in an irreparable way.

President Obama tried to change the situation by offering to lift global sanctions if Iran gave up its nuclear development.

Jones said the US will continue to hold Iran accountable for its human rights abuses with new actions.

I can understand why the Trump administration might want to maintain the nuclear deal until it gets all its ducks in a row on Iran. Chinese complaints come despite global recognition of the destabilising effect both Iran and North Korea have. "Iran would have no impediment to restarting its nuclear program". The Obama administration did so in mid January, forcing the Trump administration to decide by Wednesday whether to renew them or to put the wider Iran deal at risk.

The US Treasury Department extended sanctions on Iran on Wednesday over concerns about its ballistic missile program.

The election will occur just before Trump leaves on an eight-day trip to Europe and the Middle East, with his first stop in Saudi Arabia, a bitter regional rival of Iran.

The move means that sanctions preventing any USA companies selling to or dealing with Iran will remain suspended for the time being.

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