Trump orders review of Iran nuclear deal sanctions, Tillerson says

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 02:33:37 PM. Tillerson said Iran has been certified to be in compliance, but a review will be done over whether continuing to lift sanctions is in U.S. interests.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said late Tuesday that the Trump administration is weighing whether to effectively break the terms of the Iran nuclear deal, while certifying that the Islamic nation is upholding terms of the landmark 2015 agreement. The administration is looking at whether to continue lifting sanctions the Obama administration agreed to under the nuclear deal negotiated by six world powers. Tillerson said in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan that "Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods." The six powers that negotiated the 2015 deal — the U.S., China, Russia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, with involvement from the European Union — set aside Iran's alleged support for terrorism in order to get a deal guaranteeing that Iran would not be able to build a nuclear weapon for a decade and would remain under the eye of United Nations weapons inspectors. The certification of Iran's compliance, which must be sent to Congress every 90 days, is the first issued by the Trump administration. The deadline for the certification was midnight. A statement from Tillerson's office raised concerns over what he called Iran's "role as state sponsor of terrorism," but said the State Department was certifying that "Iran is compliant through April 18th with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action." The review was ordered by President Donald Trump, Tillerson said in the letter. He called it an effort "to...Read more
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