Trump Administration Upholds Iran Sanctions Waiver, Keeping Nuclear Deal Alive

US maintains Iran nuclear deal sanctions relief

On Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury Department placed sanctions on Iran over concerns about its ballistic missile programme.

The Trump administration's wavering of the most punitive sanctions that it imposed on Iran before the deal was struck could be its way of trying to embolden the Rouhani camp.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Thursday imposed sanctions on nine USA firms and individuals in retaliation for new sanctions on the Islamic republic over its missile programme.

Iran has also warned that it would restore its nuclear activities to the pre-JCPOA level, if the other side - especially the USA - fails to keep its end of the bargain.

Trump's upcoming Middle East tour is aimed at getting Saudi Arabia and other Arab states in the region to stand in unity with Israel against Iran, according to Tillerson.

While Trump criticised the nuclear agreement as a presidential candidate - at one point saying he would "dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran" - Wednesday's actions demonstrated that he has decided, at least for now, to keep it.

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal characterized the planned trip as part of an ongoing effort to encourage traditional USA allies to develop a multilateral plan for fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant while also pushing back against Iran, which has a hand in a number of regional conflicts and terrorist activities.

Ruan operates a network that has provided support to Iranian industries working on the ballistic missile program, including guidance systems.

The administration of U.S. president Donald Trump chose to continue waiving nuclear-related sanctions on Wednesday despite its criticism of the agreement.

The White House has also increased other sanctions against Iran that were still in place but relaxed.

The State Department also released a report on Iran's human rights violations that's required by Congress every six months.

The nuclear agreement eased crippling economic sanctions on Iran in return for imposing strict limits on its nuclear program.

Raisi has sought to portray the nuclear deal as an empty promise perpetrated by Iran's adversaries, calling it "a check the government has been unable to cash".

The Iranian government and some Iranian citizens have been disappointed that US, EU and United Nations sanctions relief provided so far under the nuclear deal has failed to spark an economic renaissance.

The new sanctions, added by the Treasure Department, target two senior Iranian officials and entities based in China and Iran that are supporting Iran's missile program.

"As we continue to closely scrutinise Iran's commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and develop a comprehensive Iran policy, we will continue to hold Iran accountable for its human rights abuses with new actions", Stuart Jones, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Ambassador, said yesterday.

The waivers are a central component of the Iran deal that President Hassan Rouhani, the incumbent, has built his reputation on.

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