US extends sanctions relief under Iran nuclear deal

19 Mai, 2017, 15:16 | Author: Marc Bacque

Ghasemi said Iran would retaliate by adding nine U.S. individuals and companies to its own sanctions list, accusing them of "clear violations of human rights" in relation to their support for Israel or "terrorist groups" in the Middle East.

Trump's upcoming Middle East tour is aimed at getting Saudi Arabia and other Arab states in the region to stand in unity with Israel against Iran, according to Tillerson.

In a statement, the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it has "designated two senior Iranian defense officials, including a defense official who facilitated the sale of explosives and provided other support to Syria and the director of the organization responsible for Iran's solid-fueled ballistic missile program" as targets for sanctions.

The sanctions block them accessing any assets they may have in the U.S. and forbids people from doing business with them, at the risk of being blacklisted by the US.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the administration would formally announce that it was renewing sanctions waivers that were granted to Iran as part of the deal under which Tehran agreed to limit its nuclear program.

The Trump administration will have to waive more sanctions next month if it wants to stick by the nuclear deal.

Iran denies ever seeking nuclear weapons and Ghasemi said its missile programme is part of its "absolute and legal right to build up the country's defensive capabilities".

China has long expressed its dissatisfaction with the U.S.' use of the sanctions weapon, which frequently affects Chinese individuals and companies allegedly linked to weapons or nuclear development in Iran or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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Under these sanctions, tucked into Section 1245 of the 2012 National Defence Authorization Act, the United States threatened to sanction the banks of Iran's main oil customers if they did not significantly reduce their purchases of Iranian crude.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency on Thursday, Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said members of the influential parliamentary commission will convene a session to address the fresh USA sanctions. Here's where the idiocy of President Obama's negotiations are made obvious.

The move means that sanctions preventing any U.S. companies selling to or dealing with Iran will remain suspended for the time being. This secrecy was deliberately negotiated into the deal to prevent Congress and the American people from seeing the scope of Obama's betrayal. Nephew made the remarks in a call hosted by Diplomacy Works, a new organization of former USA diplomats and policymakers, mostly Democrats, formed to defend the deal.

In the end, it won't matter. The US State Department announced a day earlier it would be signed, meaning old sanctions wouldn't be re-imposed and the nuclear deal will continue - at least for now.

Technically, Iran doesn't even have to cheat.

Europe's leaders are quickly moving forward on economic normalisation with Iran, and scuttling the nuclear deal would have wide-ranging diplomatic repercussions with major allies, she said.

The US is continuing to review whether it should continue honouring the nuclear deal.

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