With waiver, US lets Iran keep getting benefits of nuke deal

The US has said it will continue to waive certain economic sanctions on Iran's nuclear programme while simultaneously implementing a new set of sanctions related to the country's ballistic missile programme and monitoring its human rights abuses.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones said in a statement.

The brinksmanship and its capacity to destabilize the sanctions waiver, depending upon the relationship between Trump and his Iranian counterpart after the elections, has oil traders on the edge of their seats. Finally, with Iran facing elections tomorrow, reneging on the deal would likely have enhanced the position of the radicals in Iran who are opposed to the deal and undermined the position of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was key to the success of the negotiations in Switzerland that led to the deal.

Ghasemi said Iran would retaliate by adding nine United States individuals and companies to its own sanctions list, accusing them of "clear violations of human rights" in relation to their support for Israel or "terrorist groups" in the Middle East.

Since Mr Trump's inauguration, his administration has also continued to certify to Congress that Iran is upholding its part of the deal, which it must do every 90 days.

Jones said the USA will continue to hold Iran accountable for its human rights abuses with new actions.

The US believes the Chinese business tied to Tehran's ballistic missile program is in breach of worldwide law because, the US said, it could carry nuclear warheads in the future.

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Washington has maintained a raft of other sanctions related to human rights and the missile programme that continue to stifle Iran's efforts to rebuild its foreign trade. "And above all, the United States will never allow the regime in Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon".

Phyllis Bennis, a fellow with the Washington DC-based Institute for Policy Studies, said the danger threatening the nuclear deal is the imposition of new sanctions and the USA government's belligerent language towards Iran.

According to the Treasure Department, those affected include two senior Iranian defence officials, one of whom allegedly helps to arm the dictator Bashar al-Assad and a China-based network, Ruan Running, that allegedly supports Iran's military by supplying millions of dollars' worth of missile production items.

Trump as a candidate vowed to renegotiate or tear up the nuclear deal.

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 planes were officially given to Iran Air in a ceremony Tuesday in Toulouse, where ATR is based. It also pledged to continue reviewing the nuclear deal with withdrawal still possible.

Under the 2015 deal, the USA 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. "We urge our partners around the world to join us in calling out individuals and entities who violate global sanctions targeting Iran's human rights abuses".

As contentious as the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is in the US, it has been even more divisive in Iran.

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