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State Department Certifies Iran's Compliance With Nuclear Deal

State Department Certifies Iran's Compliance With Nuclear Deal

He said Iranian officials had regular contact with USA officials regarding a 2015 deal between Tehran and key world powers to curb its nuclear program.

In fact, the Trump administration's moves to ratchet up non-nuclear sanctions on Iran since taking office - along with legislation that recently passed the U.S. Senate to increase non-nuclear sanctions on Iran - "creates the impression in Iran that the United States' hostility toward Iran will never end", Zarif said.

Instead, the Trump administration plans to take a broader approach to Tehran, moving forward on a strategy that addresses "the totality of Iran's behavior", including its missile development, support for terrorism and the Syrian regime, as well as its human rights record, including as well as the "arbitrary detention" of American citizens, a reference the arrest of Xiyue Wang, 37, who a Chinese-born USA citizen studying at Princeton University.

"However, the secretary of State and the president intend to emphasize that Iran remains one of the most risky threats to USA interests and to regional stability and to highlight the range of malign activities by Iran that extend well beyond the nuclear realm", the official added.

Trump administration officials, briefing reporters on Monday on the decision, said new economic sanctions against Iran were being prepared over its ballistic missile programme and for contributing to regional tensions.

"We do expect to be implementing new sanctions" related to missiles and Iran's "fast boat program", the official said, but declined to specify what the measures would be.

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The talking points also cite the arbitrary arrests of Americans visiting Iran and they slam the previous Obama administration for focusing on signing a nuclear deal at the price of ignoring Iranian activities in the Middle East.

The Iran nuclear deal was negotiated in July 2015 between Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany.

Trump's "commitments to fixing these flaws remains steadfast", an official said when asked why the administration is certifying Iran's compliance despite Trump calling it the worst deal he's ever seen.

"On seven different occasions, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declared that Iran is entirely fulfilling its part of the deal", stated Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

When asked at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in NY if he was anxious about direct confrontation between Tehran and Riyadh, Zarif said: "We certainly hope not". By ratifying the plan, Iran agreed to scale down its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.