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Trump to extend Iran sanctions, still developing United States policy

19 May 2017

It says Tehran's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war, Houthi rebels in Yemen's civil war and the Hezbollah Shi'ite political party and militia in Lebanon, have helped destabilise the Middle East.

Iran said on Thursday that new us sanctions targeting its ballistic missile program show Washington's "ill will" and could undermine the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, state media reported.

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.

But in April, Mr Trump ordered a wider review of the nuclear deal, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Iran "remains a leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods".

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As Bloomberg Politics further notes, the new sanctions were announced just two days before Iran's presidential election, in which "moderate" President Hassan Rouhani faces "hardline" challengers who insist Iran has not benefited sufficiently from the nuclear deal.

Further supporting this argument, since taking office, Trump has signed off on the sanctioning of hundreds of officials in both Iran and its ally, Syria, as part of what is most likely a strategy meant to pressure Iran into rolling back on its regional influence.

According to Reuters, some of the waivers were set to expire this week unless they were extended by the commander in chief. "There is no agreement as of yet, what's in and out, up to and including the JCPOA".

In the end, it won't matter. In addition, imposed sanctions against Chinese official of Rouen of Runninga. In the meantime, Jones said, the USA will keep implementing the deal, including the sanctions relief.

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Washington nevertheless maintained a stern tone, imposing new measures to punish Iranian defense officials and a Chinese business tied to Tehran's banned missile program. In a matter of a couple of months, Iran could have a workable bomb.

During his presidential campaign, Trump vowed to tear up the nuclear deal, which he called "the worst deal ever negotiated" but since he took office, his advisors have warned that this move would be more complicated than he thought, mainly because the deal also involves the UK, France, Germany, Russia, China, and the United Nations.

The announcement effectively continues US participation in the Iran nuclear deal - officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA - for the time being, even as the Trump administration is conducting a broad review of US Iran policy. Under the nuclear deal, the US can continue sanctioning Iran for other, non-nuclear behavior, although Tehran has threatened to pull out of the deal if the USA and other countries do so.

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