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Iran Sticks To Nuclear Deal, But US Says It Will Review Sanctions

Iran Sticks To Nuclear Deal, But US Says It Will Review Sanctions

The remarks follow Tillerson's notification to Congress on Tuesday that the Trump administration has determined that Iran is complying with the Iran nuclear deal, which put curbs on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Spicer said that the USA might impose additional sanctions against Iran following the review, while cognizant of the potential fallout sanctions could cause.

Iran has continued to test ballistic missiles - which was not part of the nuclear agreement - and Iran has kept up its staunch support of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"We are reviewing all the status of North Korea both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism, as well as all the other ways we can bring pressure to bear on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage, but re-engage with us on a different footing than the past talks have been held", Tillerson said. The Secretary of State is required to update lawmakers on Iranian compliance every 90 days.

The White House's national security apparatus will closely monitor Iran's behavior as it makes a decision about re-imposing sanctions lifted by the Obama administration. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said during a visit Wednesday to Saudi Arabia, "everywhere you look if there's trouble in the region, you find Iran". However, Tillerson emphasized that Iran continues to be the world's leading state sponsor of terror.

Last month, Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the Iran nuclear deal in a phone call.

Iran is failing to live up to the "spirit" of the nuclear deal struck in 2015, President Donald Trump said Thursday, warning that his administration is debating whether or not to leave the landmark pact.

Tillerson's emphasis on Iran's terror operation is "a first step, but we have to remain focused on the threat Tehran poses to America and our allies", the official said.

On Tuesday, Tillerson said in a letter to speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan that while Iran was fulfilling its obligations under the JCPOA, a review was ordered to establish whether suspension of anti-Iranian sanctions corresponded to US security interests. He said the National Security Council-led interagency review of the agreement will evaluate whether it "is vital to the national security interests of the United States".

Tuesday's determination suggested that while Trump agreed with the findings of the United Nations nuclear watchdog-the International Atomic Energy Agency-that Iran is keeping to its end of the bargain, he is looking for another way to ratchet up pressure on Tehran.


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