Trump extends Iran sanctions relief (UPDATED)
Tehran US President Donald Trump, who had said his administration would decertify the nuclear deal with Iran, decided on Friday to extend the sanctions waiver to the country for the third time as a part of the deal.
The White House announced on Friday that US President Donald Trump certified Iran's sanctions relief for the last time and if the amendments intended by him regarding the Sunset Clause as well as intensified monitoring and adding Iran's missile issue to the 2015 nuclear deal, are not included in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he will quit the deal.
Meanwhile, concurrent with Trump's decision, United States Department of the Treasury in an unfair and hostile move added 14 other Iranian individuals and institutes to the list of the sanctions under the pretest of human rights violation and involvement in missile program.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), that has been recognized as the only qualified entity to oversee Iran's performance, has certified the country's commitment to the nuclear deal nine times.
Under the deal signed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in 2015, Iran accepted to curb its peaceful nuclear activities in exchange for economic sanctions relief.
Trump's security advisors and ministers have previously acknowledged Iran's commitment, despite the claims by the president. A number of US lawmakers and experts have signed letters to Trump asking him to stick to the deal.
The US State Department announced a couple of days ago that Trump will declare his decision on Iran's sanctions suspension. He had held meetings with his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis on the issue.
Trump in October 2017 said that the deal is the 'worst' that the US has ever entered, and his administration would not certify it anymore.
He returned the case to the Congress to decide on the restoration or suspension of the deal in 60 days. Now, the deadline will be over on Saturday, but the Congress has done nothing with this regard.
IAEA on November 13 in a new report verified for the ninth time that Iran has been in compliance with the deal since it was implemented on January 16, 2016.
Despite the reports of the international nuclear watchdog, the US has been trying to find pretexts, including Iran's defensive missile program, to accuse the country of violating the deal, ignoring the fact repeated by the European Union that the regional and missile issues are out of the scope of the JCPOA.
On Thursday, foreign ministers of three signatories of the deal�France, Britain and Germany�plus the Foreign Policy Chief of the EU Federica Mogherini in a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif once more reiterated their support to the nuclear deal.
Referring to the nine reports by IAEA, Mogherini said that EU's stance on the nuclear deal is clear. 'The deal is working.'
'We greatly value the JCPOA, the nuclear deal with Iran, we think it is a considerable diplomatic accomplishment,' she said.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency