Published: Wed, July 19, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Anti-Iran sanctions discussed in US Congress

Anti-Iran sanctions discussed in US Congress

Even as administration officials criticize Iran for its bellicosity and repeated violations of the nuclear agreement, recertifying that agreement requires the Trump administration to declare that the "suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the agreement is ... vital to the national security interests of the United States".

For now though, the Trump administration appears prepared to stay with the deal as it gave congress the executive branch's quarterly certification Monday of Teheran's adherence of its end of the deal as required by law instead of stating, as it could have, it was rescinding the agreement.

However, this is reminiscent of the reports from the White House in April, when the US State Department last certified that Iran was compliant with the deal.

However, the official said the Trump administration saw Iran as "one of the most risky threats to U.S. interests and to regional stability".

News of the new sanctions comes on the same day that Iranian military leaders threatened attacks on USA forces and bases in the Middle East should America move forward with new sanctions, particularly ones targeting the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, or IRGC.

"Never, ever, ever, in my life have I seen any transaction so incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran", Trump said September 9, 2015, during a Tea Party rally.

Trump and Tillerson believe "these Iranian activities severely undermine the intent of the (agreement), which was to contribute to regional and worldwide peace and security", one official said.

This is the second time USA officials confirm Iran's upholding of the deal, despite Donald Trump calling it "the worst deal ever" during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Zarif also said that he had not yet communicated with the representative of the USA presidential administration.

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Representatives of the five nuclear powers - China, Russia, France, Britain, the United States - plus Germany are to meet in Vienna on July 21 to take stock of the deal.

President Trump wants out of the Iran nuclear deal, but his advisors believe the time is not right, according to CBN Chief Political Correspondent David Brody.

Monday, the Trump administration agreed to keep the deal in place, saying Iran is following the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which curbed their program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Trump vowed to dismantle the historic agreement while he was a candidate, but he's given himself more time to determine whether to follow through on that pledge.

Read: Two Years Later, Where Does The Iran Deal Stand? .

The U.S. has to decide whether to recertify the deal every 90 days.

"There have been a number of years of concessions to the Iranian regime, and the administration does not intend to overlook those any further".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran has received "contradictory signals" from the Trump administration and confirmed he has had no contact with his American counterpart, Rex Tillerson.

Others in the administration, including Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo and senior strategist Steve Bannon, have argued against the deal.

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