Ahead of sanctions deadline, Obama officials urge Trump to uphold Iran deal

Ahead of sanctions deadline, Obama officials urge Trump to uphold Iran deal

The Treasury Department on Thursday announced that it had designated 11 entities and individuals for engaging in support of designated Iranian actors or malicious cyber-enabled activity against the U.S.

The unsigned memo was written by Richard Goldberg, a former Republican congressional aide who has long advocated tough action against Iran.

Two deadlines are approaching that may signal the fate of the 2015 nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

But Johnson said it is important for Iran to see that economic benefits result from the nuclear deal.

The Trump administration has twice so far certified Iran's compliance with the deal.

Under the law, these sanctions can be waived for a maximum of 120 days, forcing the US government revisit the issue every four months.

During an assembly with the deans and professors of universities, Ali Akbar Velayati said "preventing sales of aircrafts to Iran is another proof that we should not rely on the USA and their allies".




US President Donald Trump, who had made no secret of opposing the nuclear agreement in his election campaign, has threatened to "tear up" the agreement, calling it "the worst deal ever negotiated".

In a speech last week, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley laid out how and why the administration might decertify the agreement, citing Iran's other malign activities, such as support for terrorism. The U.S. Mission to the United Nations responded in a statement that "of course, she and her team discussed the content with the White House" and through the "interagency" process.

Trump faces another deadline on Thursday on the nuclear accord.

While Trump is complying with the deal for now, all eyes are on another deadline - October 14 - when the administration must certify to Congress that Iran is meeting its obligations under the agreement and that the deal remains within USA interests.

The JCPOA was inked between Iran and the P5+1 countries - namely the US, Russia, China, France, and Britain plus Germany - in July 2015 and took effect in January 2016. "It seeks to bring about a change in the Iranian regime's behavior". "It's a sign that the debate is moving from whether to decertify to how to decertify". Under something called the Additional Protocol, which Iran accepted as part of the JCPOA, inspectors can request access to undeclared sites, including military sites.

Colin Kahl, who served as an assistant to former U.S. president Barack Obama and national security adviser to former vice president Joe Biden, said the Iranians will maintain its "near-term strategy" of trying to drive a wedge between the U.S. and Europe.

"This is precisely a scenario that the hardliners in Iran might love", he said, "that is using the fact that the U.S.is out of step with the rest of the global community to drive a wedge between us and Europe, between us and the Chinese and the Russians on this issue".

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