Iran Responds to New US Sanctions With More of Its Own

Evrard Martin
Mai 19, 2017

The administration of US President Donald Trump yesterday chose to stick by a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and continue waiving sanctions related to its atomic activities.

Reached between Iran and six world powers on 14 July 2015, the nuclear deal aimed at limiting some aspect of Tehran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

Yet the Trump administration has not fallen short of coming up with new threats and accusations against the Islamic Republic, with Tillerson claiming Iran's nuclear program poses "a grave risk to worldwide peace and security". The result has the potential to impact this deal, Michele reported: "If the current president wins, most experts say they expect the status quo".

But it balanced the decision with new measures against Iranian defense officials and a Chinese business linked to Iran's ballistic missile program.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif hit back at Tillerson, saying "worn-out US accusations" could not "mask its admission of Iran's compliance" with the agreement. It also comes ahead of Trump's five-day trip to the region. In a memo to Tillerson and the secretaries of Energy and Treasury, Trump said there's enough oil being produced now by other countries that Iran's output could be reduced without hurting global supplies.

The moves come as Iran prepares for a presidential vote on Friday whose outcome has major implications for Iran's future stance toward the USA and its likelihood of sticking with the deal. It said their names would be announced later.

Iran holds a presidential election on Friday in which incumbent Hassan Rouhani will be seeking a second term against hardline challengers who say the nuclear pact has not delivered economic recovery as he promised. The Syrian agency produces non-conventional weapons such as the chemical weapons that Assad's forces used earlier this year.

At the same time, the Trump administration imposed new penalties on Iranian and Chinese entities for supporting Iran's ballistic missile program.

Under the 2015 deal, the US and other world powers eased sanctions after the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had taken a series of steps to pull its nuclear program back from the brink of weapons capability.

The State Department also released a new report criticizing Iran for human rights abuses.

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