USA imposes fresh sanctions on Iran individuals and companies

Iran's foreign ministry US violating nuclear deal
Trump Is Endangering Nuclear Deal, Says Iranian Foreign Minister
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19 July, 2017

President Trump wants out of the Iran nuclear deal, but his advisors believe the time is not right, according to CBN Chief Political Correspondent David Brody.

The US will freeze any assets the targets of the sanctions may have in the US, and will prevent US citizens from doing any business with them.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions "send a strong signal that the United States can not and will not tolerate Iran's provocative and destabilizing behavior".

The Trump administration has certified to Congress that Iran is continuing to meet the required conditions of its global nuclear agreement but officials said President Donald Trump intends to impose new sanctions on Iran for ongoing "malign activities" in non-nuclear areas.

President Donald Trump has agreed to certify Iran compliant with the 2015 Nuclear deal for the second time since he took office, but emphasized tough enforcement of the deal along with new sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism and other alleged activities.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee hailed the new sanctions.

Others in the administration, including Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo and senior strategist Steve Bannon, have argued against the deal.

Mr. Tillerson and Mr. Trump intend to emphasize that Iran "remains one of the most unsafe threats" in the region, a senior official said.

Just one month into his candidacy, he said the Iran deal "poses a direct national security threat". By law, the US must issue certification every 90 days.

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As planned, a public rollout began Monday morning involving close choreography among the White House, the State Department and other parts of government. Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster convinced the president to maintain the agreement for now.

Trump Administration officials brief reporters that Iran is upholding its end of the nuclear deal, but still remains a threat to the stability of the region.

Trump had repeatedly condemned the nuclear deal brokered by his predecessor Barack Obama as a risky capitulation to Iran.

Ultimately, the president's decision was the same on the substance to what his administration had been planning all along. He chose not to elaborate on the issue until the State Department's full statement regarding the Iran deal.

They also expect to see more sanctions over the Regime's ballistic missile program and regional destabilisation.

Officials on Monday did not say when the new round of sanctions would be imposed.

Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, said this to CNN on Sunday. "So we don't know which one to interpret in what way". But the latest re-certification indicates that, despite the views of some hawkish Trump aides, those who favor upholding the deal have the upper hand for now.

However, the State Department today said "Iran's other malign activities are serving to undercut whatever positive contributions to regional and global peace and security were meant to emerge" from the nuclear deal.

The U.S. has been at loggerheads with Iran for supporting the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and creating unrest in Yemen and elsewhere in the region. After wrapping up the GOP nomination, he went so far as to say the deal is likely to "lead to nuclear holocaust". "We are always open, my colleagues are on regular contact with American counterparts on the implementation of the nuclear deal", he said.


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