Trump Imposes Iran Missile Sanctions and Keeps Nuclear Deal

19 May, 2017, 18:22 | Author: Valerie Burke

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, May 17, extended wide sanctions relief for Iran called for under a 2015 worldwide nuclear deal even as he imposed narrow penalties on Iranian and Chinese figures for supporting Iran's ballistic missile programme.

The report's release coincides with the Department of the Treasury's announcement of new sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile program.

The Treasury Department said Farasatpour was responsible for coordinating the multimillion-dollar sale and delivery of ballistic missiles from Iran to Assad's regime in Syria for use in the country's civil war. Under the 2015 nuclear agreement, the US lifted those sanctions.

However, the US Treasury issued fresh sanctions against specific officials and a Chinese business with links to Iran's missile programme. While Trump certainly views Iran with suspicion, it would much rather deal with Rouhani, who has been lauded as a "moderate" willing to deal with the West, than his conservative clerical challenger, Ebrahim Raisi.

It came days before Trump's deadline to make a decision on whether to issue waivers temporarily suspending some anti-Iran sanctions.

Unnamed officials earlier told Reuters earlier that Washington had already noted Iranian officials that the waivers would remain in place.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has certified that Iran is "compliant" with the deal, but has ordered an interagency review of US-Iran policy.

The administration of President Trump chose to continue waiving nuclear-related sanctions on Wednesday despite its criticism of the agreement.

China has close economic and diplomatic ties with Tehran, but was also instrumental in pushing through a landmark 2015 deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme. The dual track sanctions policy shows that the major review of U.S. Iranian policy ordered by the president is not complete, and for the foreseeable future, Iran will continue to enjoy the economic benefits of sanctions relief.

The Trump administration announced it is extending the sanctions relief for Iran set forth in the nuclear deal, while imposing new penalties on Iranian and Chinese entities for supporting Iran's ballistic missile program.

Under the terms of the 2015 deal, the previous United States administration of president Barack Obama agreed to waive sanctions on Iran's nuclear program in return for strict controls to prevent its developing a bomb.

The US imposed sanctions against officials of Iran and one Iranian company in connection with a programme to develop ballistic missiles in the country. "We urge our partners around the world to join us in calling out individuals and entities who violate global sanctions targeting Iran's human rights abuses".

Under the 2015 deal, sanctions punishing Iran for its nuclear program were waived in exchange for Iran's commitment to roll back the program.

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