U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to issue a certification on Iran on July 17.
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry & Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif
(cartoon by Mohammad Tahani, by Iranian daily Etemad)
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is expected to certify next week that Iran is still adhering to its nuclear agreement with world powers, despite Trump's criticism of the deal, U.S. media report.
The State Department is required to notify Congress by July 17 whether Iran
continues to comply with the 2015 deal, which requires Tehran to curb its
nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
While Trump promised during his campaign to "rip up" what he called "the worst deal ever," since taking office his administration has conceded not only that Iran is abiding by the deal but that the United States should do so as well.
Certification of Iran's compliance is expected next week, but AP and Reuters reported on July 13, citing anonymous officials, that Trump continued to review policy toward Iran and could always change his mind.
The United States has lifted nuclear-linked sanctions on Iran, but it maintains sanctions related to Iran's ballistic-missile program, human rights record, and support for anti-Israel militant groups.
Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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Related Press Release by National Iranian American Council (NIAC)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council and author of Losing an Enemy - Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy, issued the following statement regarding the two year anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):
"We congratulate the United States, Iran, and the P5+1 on their choice to
remain committed to peace over war and continue to preserve the landmark
nuclear deal reached two years ago. It is a testament that vigilant diplomacy
will always outshine militarism. The JCPOA is perhaps the most important arms
control agreement in recent history. It not only prevented war and the spread
of nuclear weapons, but it also opened the door for a new all-inclusive
security dialogue in the Middle East, which carried the promise of stabilizing
"Unfortunately, however, the JCPOA remains under attack from elements within both countries that prefer conflict over dialogue and mutual suspicion over greater understanding. Continued sanctions, calls from the White House for nations to refrain from investing in Iran, and an increase in military encounters between the US and Iran all threaten the deal. The JCPOA represented an opportunity for the US and Iran to change course, broaden engagement and end the policy of sanctions and antagonism. Unfortunately that opportunity has largely been squandered.
Iran Nuclear agreement under attack
cartoon by Ehsan Ganji, Iranian daily Ghanoon
"But it is not only the achievement of the deal that risks to be lost if the attacks on the JCPOA continue. If the deal collapses, the US and Iran will likely once again find themselves on a path towards war. There will be no winners in such a scenario. The world would truly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory if it allows the nuclear deal to die."
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