Trump Seriously Considered Blowing Up the Iran Deal

19 July, 2017, 00:15 | Author: Gregory Stephens

The Trump administration slapped 18 Iranian individuals and groups with sanctions on Tuesday for aiding the country's non-nuclear weapons programs, in a bid to show that President Donald Trump is staying tough on Iran despite his moves to let the nuclear deal stay in place for now.

The US Department of the Treasury "designated 16 entities and individuals for engaging in support of illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity", the department announced on Tuesday.

The nuclear deal was agreed to in 2015 following negotiations between Iran and six world powers, the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.

In April, the first time the Trump administration had to make a determination on the accord, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the agreement only delayed Iran's ambitions to gain weapons of mass destruction.

Addressing an open session of the parliament on Tuesday after the MPs passed the motion unanimously, Larijani said, "The approval of the motion indicates the Iranian nation's determination to counteract the U.S. measures (in the region)".

White House officials also added that new financial sanctions on Tehran are being considered due to ballistic missile experiments.

Because the administration will have to certify that the deal is in the national security interests of the USA every 90 days, those saboteurs will have numerous opportunities to lobby Trump to change his mind.

Those sanctioned had backed Iran's military or Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by developing drones and military equipment, producing and maintaining boats, and procuring electronic components, it said.

Just one month into his candidacy, he said the Iran deal "poses a direct national security threat".

The U.S. has criticized Iran for supporting the government of Bashar Assad in Syria and fomenting unrest in Yemen and elsewhere in the region.

The Trump administration has also expressed concern that the Iranian regime continues to detain USA citizens and other foreigners on "fabricated national-security related charges". "If it comes to a major violation, or what in the terms of the nuclear deal is called significant nonperformance", Zarif told the journal's editor Jacob Heilbrunn, "then Iran has other options available, including withdrawing from the deal".

President Donald Trump chose to re-certify the Iranian nuclear agreement Monday only on the condition his national security team bring him a comprehensive strategy to aggressively confront the Islamic Republic in the coming 90 days.

The sanctions freeze any assets the targets may have in the USA and prevent Americans from doing business with them.

"The president has made very clear his desire to fix the many flaws in the deal".

Top among the list of concerns today are improved Iranian missile capabilities, support for the Syrian government, human rights abuses and the detention of Americans.

The late announcement of the day limited the rejection by the president of the rejection of the last moment of his decision and the deep and steady separation in his administration of how to deal with the basic national security problem.



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