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United States seeks excuses to undermine Iran nuclear deal - Tehran

17 September 2017, 01:21 | Darnell Patrick

Trump extends sanction waivers for Iran while imposing new ones

US Extends Sanctions Waivers for Iran, Maintains Cautious Position on Nuclear Deal's Future

Senior administration officials said the move was meant to signal a willingness to confront Iran over behavior it finds to be out of sync with the deal, despite the latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations group assigned to monitor the deal, indicating that Iran has been in compliance.

Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General, has called for the U.S. to renew its commitment to the deal at the summit. In fact, technocrats, analysts, and experts within European foreign ministries and around the world would judge such actions rather harshly.

Read the whole story from Middle East Eye. By blocking Iran's potential pathways to nuclear weapons, the JCPOA has also decreased the likelihood of destabilizing nuclear competition in the region.

First of all, Europe and the worldwide community would likely view the USA political establishment-even more than before-as flawed and outdated and unable to abide by the simple principle of "state continuity" in modern global relations. The administration has been laying the groundwork for the next major deadline October 15, when Trump must decide whether to certify that Iran is meeting its obligations under the nuclear agreement.

The US is behaving in "an unconstructive and excuse-seeking" way, pursuing access to Iranian military sites looking for a way to abandon its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, he said. So much for "good-faith" as a fundamental principle of an worldwide order supposed to be governed by the rule of law, or the notion that norms, customs, and principles regulate the behavior of states vis-a-vis their global obligations and responsibilities.

Under US law, the president must certify to Congress every 90 days whether Iran is adhering to the agreement.

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"The Trump administration is continuing to review and develop its policy on Iran.No decision has been made", Tillerson said. "We believe that the only entity that can confirm Iran's commitment to its obligations is the International Atomic Energy Agency and according to its reports, the Islamic Republic has complied with all of its obligations".

Speaking in London at a joint news conference with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Tillerson told reporters the administration's approach to Iran could not be determined on the basis of the nuclear accord alone.

The global agreement is facing a serious threat of collapse as tensions mounted between Washington and Tehran recently.

As with with so many other matters, Trump's bellicose instincts have clashed with his more pragmatic aides.

Reza Nasri is an worldwide law expert from Geneva's Graduate Institute of global and Development Studies (HEI).

Eight times since the agreement took effect a year ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency has determined that Iran was upholding its end.

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