Trump Administration Upholds Iran Sanctions Waiver, Keeping Nuclear Deal Alive

The statement further highlights Iran's legal right to developing its defense capabilities to preserve its sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity, adding that its missile program does not violate any of Iran's worldwide commitments and the 2231 resolution.

"The inter-agency actions today demonstrate that the Trump administration is developing a comprehensive strategy to counter the threat from Iran", the official said.

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

Proponents of the deal, including members of the arms control community and former Obama administration officials who helped negotiate it, praised the Trump administration's decision to extend, however grudgingly, the sanctions relief required under the deal.

In a statement to reporters last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged Iran's compliance, but chastised the Iranian government over its human rights record, its missile program, and support for the Assad regime in Syria.

Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons and its foreign ministry on Thursday condemned the new USA sanctions and announced plans to impose its own against "nine USA individuals and companies". Chinese complaints come despite worldwide recognition of the destabilising effect both Iran and North Korea have.

The Iranian defence officials were Morteza Farasatpour and Rahim Ahmadi.

Both individuals are key enablers of Iran's ballistic missile program, according to the Trump administration.

Ahmadi "coordinates SBIG's ballistic missile flight tests with Iran's Aerospace Industries Organization", which is "the Iranian organization responsible for ballistic missile research, development, and production activities and organization".

Since then his rhetoric against this particular agreement has softened, however, he has simultaneously hardened his stance against other non-nuclear issues his administration has with Iran and launched a government-wide review of the Iranian state's policies.

"In renewing waivers of USA sanctions, the Trump administration has once again grudgingly acknowledged that Iran continues to abide by its obligations under the agreement". Shiraz is controlled by the Iranian military, supplying it with missile guidance technology. The State Department also released a new report criticizing Iran for human rights abuses, including the alleged mistreatment of prisoners.

On Wednesday, Iranian state media outlets said four passenger airplanes were being delivered as the first installment of a deal with French-Italian manufacturer ATR that was finalized after the nuclear agreement.

Although Iran is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention and has promised to dismantle its chemical weapons arsenal, the US State Department in 2013 said that it had no accurate intelligence that proved that Iran had complied with the convention.

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