Trump likely to say Iran complying with nuclear deal

Posted July 15, 2017

It's also worth keeping in mind that if the US did re-impose its nuclear sanctions on Iran, the other countries involved in the agreement would be unlikely to follow suit, meaning that the USA would be diplomatically isolated and the pressure on Iran would be a lot weaker than it was before 2015.

Under the terms of the deal, nuclear-related sanctions on Iran were lifted in exchange for assurances Tehran's nuclear program would remain peaceful.

On Tuesday, the administration must comply with a separate deadline, reporting to Congress on Iran's overall nuclear behavior and deciding whether to waive reinstituting sanctions that were part of the deal that went into effect in January 2016.

According to The Weekly Standard, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been the leading advocate for recertifying the deal, which is also backed by Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

"We believe that the United States officials should revise the way they treat the agreement because otherwise they are not helping to let the agreement survive", said the Iranian foreign minister.

Trump and Republicans in Congress have criticized JCPOA, with Trump decrying it as one of the worst deals in history. The historic agreement shut down most of Iran's nuclear program, in some cases for decades, in exchange for an easing of worldwide sanctions.

Iran denies seeking nuclear arms.

"Unlike the previous administration, this administration sees the JCPOA as a symptom, not the disease", a senior administration official said, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal signed in July 2015 after years of negotiations between Iran and an worldwide group composed of the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia and the European Union.

Zarif added that while in NY, he would meet cultural figures, experts from think tanks and other institutes, and those influential in public opinion to explain to the global community the issues that have resulted in instability of the Middle East and have put the allied countries in front of each other.