Trump administration says Iran complying with nuclear deal

Posted April 19, 2017

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.

The United States has long accused Iran of being the world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism, saying Tehran supported conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and backed groups such as Hezbollah, its Lebanon-based ally.

In return, the United States and the European Union will suspend nuclear-related sanctions against Iran, with the lifting of all past United Nations Security Council sanction resolutions.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has notified Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama, and says the USA has extended the sanctions relief given to the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on its atomic program.

Under the deal, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days on Iran's compliance under the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The deadline for this certification was midnight.

In July 2015, the U.S. and other major world powers such as China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany agreed to lift economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear programme.

Iran denies ever having considered developing atomic weapons although nuclear experts have warned that any US violation of the nuclear deal would allow Iran also to pull back from its commitments to curb nuclear development.

Trump has repeatedly denounced the agreement, and in a January interview with the Times of London and Bild newspaper called it "one of the worst deals ever made".

Opponents of the JCPOA, including Israel and its allies in Congress, accuse Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons and insist the deal would not guarantee it was not cheating.

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