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Trump administration plans to certify Iranian compliance with nuclear agreement

Trump administration plans to certify Iranian compliance with nuclear agreement

Two years ago, Barack Obama hailed the signing of the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna as a historic landmark that "offers an opportunity to move in a new direction" with the Islamic Republic.

Speaking to reporters upon his arrival in New York, Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that all parties to the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), must remain committed to the terms of the agreement.

"We expect all the sides to abide by their commitments, but the USA has remained committed to the agreement at the least level; it has not respected and supported the spirit of the deal by adopting wrong approaches and policies", Zarif said upon arrival in NY.

Trump's decision means there will be continued sanctions relief to Iran - and comes amid an internal debate about recertification, The Weekly Standard reported.

Even opponents of the deal such as Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the agreement "has partially and only temporarily succeeded in pushing Iran's nuclear breakout time from a couple of months to one year".

Trump's administration certified the deal in April.

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The foreign minister expressed hope and satisfaction in the ability of the people of Iran, Syria, and Iraq to retake the region from extremist groups, and said that his own state of Iran has been "at the forefront" of the struggle. Both experts agree that any talk of a rapprochement between USA and Iran after the deal is in the realm of fantasy.

In Tehran, the forces come from the conservative core of the political system - the supreme leader and the revolutionary guards.

On Tuesday, the European Union's foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini described the historic nuclear deal with Iran as an global agreement that "does not belong to one country", noting that all the parties to the deal "have the responsibility to make sure that this continues to be implemented". The US congress stipulated that Iranian compliance be recertified every three months by the President.

"My No. 1 priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran", Trump said March 21, 2016, during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.

"I think at the end of the day, everybody will see that the agreement will represent an outcome that was the best possibility for all concerned [parties]", he pointed out.


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