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US Imposes New Iran Sanctions A Day After Certifying Nuclear Deal
August 20 2017, 02:07 | Irvin Gilbert
Trump Is Endangering Nuclear Deal, Says Iranian Foreign Minister
President Donald Trump has agreed to certify Iran compliant with the 2015 Nuclear deal for the second time since he took office, but emphasized tough enforcement of the deal along with new sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism and other alleged activities.
Trump had criticized the deal - negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama - previous year during his campaign and called it the "worst deal ever" and vowed to "rip up" the agreement if elected.
In June the Senate voted for new penalties on Iran, including designating its Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist organization and imposing sanctions on the country's ballistic-missile program and other activities.
The U.S. said Iranian military advances in the Mideast and alliances with insurgent groups in the region "are serving to undercut whatever "positive contributions" to regional and global peace and security were meant to emerge" from the 2015 nuclear pact.
Prior to the announcement, Trump met with senior security advisors including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, the New York Timesreported.
In mid-June the Senate voted for new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and other activities not related to the worldwide nuclear agreement.
A senior administration official said the White House is willing to "address the totality of Iran's malign behavior" and look at ways to more strictly enforce the nuclear deal.
Those sanctioned had backed Iran's military or Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by developing drones and military equipment, producing and maintaining boats, and procuring electronic components, the US said.
It cited Iran's support for Hezbollah, Hamas, the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Huthi rebels in Yemen fighting a US-backed coalition led by Saudi Arabia.
President Donald Trump made a decision to re-certify the Iranian nuclear agreement Monday only on the condition his national security team bring him a comprehensive strategy to aggressively confront the Islamic Republic in the coming 90 days.
In its report, the Trump administration told the Congress that Iran remains one of the most risky threats to United States interests and to regional stability.
Earlier in the month, the United States, along with Britain and France, announced that they would never become party to a global treaty that was endorsed by 122 countries at the United Nations headquarters in NY. As a candidate, Trump declared, "My number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran".
As if to prove this latter point, the Iranian regime announced on Sunday that it had sentenced an American student to 10 years in prison for "spying"-Princeton's Xiyue Wang disappeared months ago while doing historical research for his doctoral dissertation".
In response, Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed the allegations as baseless, saying the United States government and Mattis himself are the very epitome of terrorism and violation of human rights. Iran is subject to worldwide inspections under the deal.