Friday, 22 September, 2017

The Iran Deal May Live After All

President Hassan Rouhani meets the President of Belgium’s Chamber of Representatives Siegfried Bracke in Tehran on Sept. 16 US Extends Sanctions Waivers for Iran, Maintains Cautious Position on Nuclear Deal's Future
Howard Terry | 16 September, 2017, 00:54

He added the republic "has merely acted within the framework of agreements and specific guidelines under the JCPOA (nuclear deal) and shall not accept any obligation beyond that".

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani has said the issue of access to Iran's military sites is a "closed dossier", noting Iran will respond to USA "counter-constructive behavior".

As President Trump waffled on his most central campaign promise this week ("The wall will come later!"), he also, more quietly, sent out signals that he's backpedaling on another piece of hot campaign rhetoric.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on September 14 that Trump's suggestion that the nuclear deal should be renegotiated was "pure fantasy". "We must take into account the totality of Iranian threats, not just Iran's nuclear capabilities".

In addition, Shamkani said that researchers in the military centers have been working on conventional weapons, particularly missiles, as part of Iran's inactive defense policy, hidden from foreigners, according to Mehr News Agency.

He said issues raised by the United States are "media hype by the Americans so that they can refrain from fulfilling their obligations".

"You'll see what I'm going to be doing very shortly in October", Trump told reporters traveling with him on Air Force One. "In April he said that "[the Iranians] are not living up to the spirit of the agreement".

Under US law, Trump must certify to Congress every 90 days whether Iran is in compliance with the deal with the next such deadline approaching on October 15.

Meanwhile, the Treasury Department said the new sanctions unrelated to the nuclear deal will be imposed on the Sadid Caran Saba Engineering Company for allegedly proliferating activities related to Iran's ballistic missile program; the Khors Aircompany and Dart Airlines for providing material support to Caspian Airlines, which the United States accuses of helping the Iranian National Guard transport "personnel and illicit material, including weapons, from Iran to Syria;" and several individuals associated with Iranian computer security company ITSec Team for "denial of service attacks against at least nine large US financial institutions, including top USA banks and US stock exchanges".

After the president grudgingly recertified the agreement in July, he commissioned a team whose sole goal consisted of unearthing Iranian violations so that Trump could justify reversing himself the deal in October - even though doing so would not, in and of itself, kill the deal.

This as the Treasury Department imposes new limitations against several Iranian individuals and companies, citing their support of Iran's' ballistic missile program and cyber attacks against the U.S.

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