Trump administration plans to certify Iranian compliance with nuclear agreement

Marsha Scott
July 15, 2017

It's also worth keeping in mind that if the US did re-impose its nuclear sanctions on Iran, the other countries involved in the agreement would be unlikely to follow suit, meaning that the USA would be diplomatically isolated and the pressure on Iran would be a lot weaker than it was before 2015.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi had said before that no meeting is planned between Zarif and Tillerson, unlike the last couple of years when Zarif was in regular contact with the former top United States diplomat, John Kerry, on the 2015 nuclear deal.

As a candidate and president, Trump has said he would reexamine and possibly kill what he called the "disastrous" nuclear deal that was negotiated under President Barack Obama and went into effect in January previous year.

The decision followed what several officials characterized as heated internal debate that culminated at a principals committee last week in a clash between a number of White House officials and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis. But that official also said the president has "reservations" and could decide not to.

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That's not to say that the deal will definitely outlive the Trump administration.

Iran denies the claim that its nuclear activities might have had military aspects, saying the program is totally for peaceful applications.

"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) proved that followers of the policy of pressure have finally realized its inefficiency, therefore, the USA should also reconsider its approach towards the agreement", Iran's IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying in NY.

While lifting nuclear-linked sanctions, the United States maintains sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile programme, human rights record and what Washington charges is its support for worldwide terrorism. "That's what the strategy review is focused on, and until it's complete, it's hard to know what is the best resolution" on Iran policy, the official said. "We share responsibility to make sure that this continues to be implemented fully by all".

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