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Trump administration says Iran complying with nuclear deal

Trump administration says Iran complying with nuclear deal”

In a letter to US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan released on Tuesday, Tillerson declared that Iran was meeting its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal but there were concerns about Tehran's role as a state sponsor of terrorism, Reuters news agency reported.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that Iran is complying with a 2015 nuclear deal.

The certification was the latest signal that US President Donald Trump, who campaigned against the Iran deal and at times suggested he would scrap it, has as president adopted a more toned-down posture related to the Iranian regime.

The deal placed curbs on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of global sanctions.

Votel said that, since the agreement was finalized, the US military has seen a heightened number of "malign activities" on the part of Iran and its proxies in the Central Region, including "Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt, the Sinai, and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait [located between Yemen and Djibouti and Eritrea] and in other parts of our area of responsibility".

As CNN notes, if the USA were to reapply sanctions against Iran, it would go against the terms of the JCPOA.

Tillerson made his statement to Congress as part of an announcement that Iran had been found compliant with its end of the deal through April 18, a certification that must be made every 90 days. Tuesday's was the first update for the Trump administration.

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On Monday, Foreign Policy reported that the Trump administration was considering increasing current USA sanctions against Iran.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said last month that Iran continues to export terrorism and sponsor the activity of its ally Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based terrorist group.

Should the United States break the terms of the agreement, it would upset the other partners of the deal, which was signed in July 2015 - and Iran could consider the move a green light to restart its nuclear activity.

Voronkov also stated that U.S. economic sanctions against Iran "create an unfavorable climate".

Trump has repeatedly expressed his disdain for the agreement.

But he declined to say whether he meant to "renegotiate" the deal, as he asserted regularly during the presidential campaign.

Iran was exempted from an OPEC deal to reduce output by 1.2 million barrels per day starting January 1, a victory for Tehran which argued it needs to regain the market share it lost during long years of sanctions.

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