Zarif Says Iran Won't Seek Nuclear Arms as Trump Knocks Deal

Zarif Says Iran Won't Seek Nuclear Arms as Trump Knocks Deal

He said Iranian officials had regular contact with USA officials regarding a 2015 deal between Tehran and key world powers to curb its nuclear program.

As Eli Lake reported in Bloomberg, since the Iran deal was signed in 2015, every few months the State Department would certify that Iran was complying with the deal.

Spicer explained Trump recertified the deal "because he had the luxury of having an entire team here, both from State [Department], DOD, [National Security Council], to review it." .

The announcement came paired with harsh criticism of Iran's conduct and the threat of further sanctions.

The action comes one day after the Trump administration warned Iran was not following "the spirit" of its nuclear weapons agreement.

The U.S. Treasury Department designated 16 entities and individuals for supporting "illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity", according to a statement.

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) also expressed dismay at the state of the deal, noting in a press release, "The JCPOA represented an opportunity for the US and Iran to change course, broaden engagement, and end the policy of sanctions and antagonism".

The agreement provides that in return for verifiable abiding by its commitments, Iran receives relief from U.S., European Union, and UN Security Council nuclear-related economic sanctions.

"Never, ever, ever, in my life have I seen any transaction so incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran", Trump said September 9, 2015, during a Tea Party rally.

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"The secretary of state-and the President-intends to emphasize that Iran remains one of the most unsafe threats to the US and to regional security", a senior administration official said.

"We certainly hope that if we don't agree with each other about the situation in Yemen or about the situation in Syria we can still work with each other in order to bring those situations to an end", said Zarif, who was in NY for a high-level United Nations meeting on sustainable development.

It's best not to take anything Zarif says at face value.

The new sanctions are part of a larger White House effort to counter Iran's massive military buildup and rogue militant activities across the Middle East, specifically in Syria. In meetings with his national security cabinet, the president has never been keen on Obama's nuclear deal.

"The president has made very clear his desire to fix the many flaws in the deal". He's right, for the excellent reason that Iran is not, in fact, complying with the agreement.

However, global inspectors have not been allowed to inspect the hidden nuclear sites that were uncovered by the Iranian Resistance group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Iran's Foreign Ministry has denounced the United States move to impose new economic sanctions against Tehran over its ballistic missile program as "cheap and useless", saying Tehran will respond with its own sanctions against the Americans.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said the United States is the one violating the spirit of the deal.