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Trump extends sanction waivers for Iran while imposing new ones

Trump extends sanction waivers for Iran while imposing new ones

"There is no nuclear activity or even research at the Islamic Republic of Iran's military sites which has been confirmed by the Agency [the International Atomic Energy Agency] in the past years", IRNA quoted the security chief as saying on Friday.

Last month, the USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, travelled to Vienna to press the UN nuclear chief on her reading of Iran's compliance with the JCPOA and asked if the IAEA planned to inspect Iranian military sites, something she has called for.

The Trump administration temporarily waived sanctions on Iran related to its nuclear program Thursday but imposed new non-nuclear-related sanctions on 11 companies and individuals allegedly linked to the country's ballistic missile and cyberattack programs.

Policy hawks welcomed the US Treasury's announcement of new sanctions on non-nuclear issues.

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"About time for U.S. to stop spinning and begin complying, just like Iran", the minister wrote.

Despite media reports suggesting the Iranian foreign minister is set to meet American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session next week, his spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, said there was no such plan.

However, the Trump administration has frequently charged that Tehran breaks the "spirit" of the deal by continuing to test-launch ballistic missiles and rockets capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on September 14 that Trump's suggestion that the nuclear deal should be renegotiated was "pure fantasy".

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"We are not going to stand for what they are doing", Trump told reporters on Air Force One.

Struck by the previous administration under Barack Obama, the landmark deal has consistently come under fire from Trump, who labeled it "the worst deal ever".

Thursday's congressionally imposed deadline, to renew an exemption to sanctions on Iran suspended under the 2015 deal, was significant because had the president reimposed economic punishments on Iran, he would have effectively violated the accord, allowing Tehran to walk away and ending the agreement.

Although Trump may still ditch the agreement, it now seems more likely that he'll seek a less radical approach in pressuring Iran, a country he and many in his administration distrust deeply. On the Iranian side, the dynamic is familiar: a faction of hard-liners is unenthusiastic about the agreement, but the moderate wing of the government, led by the reformer president Hassan Rouhani, has carried the day thus far.

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