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Trump administration slaps Iran with new sanctions after recertifying nuclear deal

"In response to these continued Iranian threats, the Administration today announces that it has designated 18 entities and individuals supporting Iran's ballistic missile programme and for supporting Iran's military procurement or Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as well as an Iran-based transnational criminal organisation and associated persons", State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

Iran condemned new American sanctions on its ballistic missile programme imposed on Tuesday and responded with its own sanctions against Americans, official news agency IRNA reported.

"Iran remains one of the most risky threats to United States interests and regional stability", the official said. Iran is subject to global inspections under the deal.

In a shift from that earlier threat to dismantle the deal, officials said the administration was working with US allies to try to fix the deal's flaws, including the expiration of some nuclear restrictions after a decade or more.

The White House last certified Iran's compliance with the terms of the deal in April.

The statement listed Iranian support for groups including Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas movement, the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and Houthi rebels in Yemen. "The possibilities for engagement. have always been open", said Zarif in NY, where he was attending a United Nations forum on development.

Trump denounced the deal during his campaign and promised to renegotiate it and get tough on Iran.

A second administration official insisted that the agreement was being "inadequately enforced" and said the White House would be "taking steps to interpret the agreement more forcefully" while "trying to contain the threats" posed by Iran.

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

"There have been a number of years of concessions to the Iranian regime, and the administration does not intend to overlook those any further".

The Donald Trump administration may not dump the Iran deal as the President had promised as a candidate but, in a move India will be tracking closely, it will enforce it more strictly and hold Teheran accountable for its "malign behaviour".

However, worldwide inspectors have not been allowed to inspect the hidden nuclear sites that were uncovered by the Iranian Resistance group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). So Iran will have its money and they'll be free to develop a nuclear weapon if they want to-all without having to go to the trouble of breaking the treaty themselves.

The point, however, is that the Iran deal negotiated by the Obama administration is in trouble.

In a growing battle between Trump and his cabinet, Trump was planning to tell Congress he wouldn't recertify compliance, while conceding that there was no example of Iran not complying with the deal.

Noting that Iran fought an eight-year war against Iraq in the 1980s during which it endured chemical weapons attacks with little sympathy from the rest of the world, Zarif said that "we need [the missiles] to make sure that another Saddam Hussein around the corner will not come and hit us again".


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