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US Treasury to impose new sanctions on Iran

US Treasury to impose new sanctions on Iran

"Should the President choose to remain in the Iran nuclear deal, he should also impose new sanctions against elements of the Iranian government, including the Central Bank of Iran and other Iranian banks, that are involved in or facilitating the regime's human rights abuses against Iranian protesters, its ballistic missile program, or its support for terrorism, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regional destabilisation", Rubio said in a statement.

The individuals - two administration officials, two congressional aides and two outside experts who consult with the government - weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

One US official said on Wednesday that if Trump waived the key sanctions under the deal, the administration would impose new, targeted measures against Iranian businesses and people. This might test Tehran's willingness to abide by its side of the bargain. They have always opposed President Trump's Iran policy. He added that the European parties are "fully aware that Iran's continued compliance (is) conditioned on full compliance by the USA". The president has said that there's not enough transparency, that inspections need to be tightened up.

One thing that may influence Trump's decision-making on both compliance certification and sanctions waivers is a meeting that took place last week between representatives of the White House and the Senate to discuss the JCPOA and broader U.S. strategies toward the Islamic Republic.

The decision to extend the waivers isn't a surprise because reimposing the sanctions would sabotage the nuclear deal and render irrelevant the discussions the administration is having with Congress about amending INARA.

Also on Monday, Reuters noted that Iranian authorities had declared they would reconsider their cooperation with the IAEA even if the U.S. acted in a purely unilateral fashion to undermine the deal.

These arguments are obscene in light of the brutal crackdown against Iranian demonstrators and how JCPOA sanctions relief has harmed the Iranian people.

Refusing to certify that the agreement is in the best interest of the USA allows Congress to weigh in but has no direct effect on the deal itself.

Shortly before Trump was expected to announce his decisions, diplomats from Britain, France, Germany and the European Union again called on Trump to uphold the pact.

Meanwhile, China and Russian Federation, the other two parties in the pact, have also repeatedly urged parties to preserve the deal, which is "a beneficial practice of solving a critical issue through political and diplomatic means". "We are in the process of trying to deliver on the promise he made to fix it". Steinberg told WIN, "The Iranians may stomp out in anger". Instead, they are the result of years of structural economic problems, poor governance, corruption and domestic political disagreements.

According to Steinberg, "There is always a tradeoff".

Also on January 8, another Iranian official, this time atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi, issued a warning. 'The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. Trump has vowed to end the agreement, calling it the "worst deal ever". He has particularly bristled at having to give Iran a "thumbs up" every few months by acknowledging that it is meeting the requirements to invest in foreign banks, sell petroleum overseas, buy USA and European aircraft, and so forth.

Another proposal would require snapback if Iran refuses a request from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN's atomic watchdog, to inspect a military site not now being monitored. Nor was the United States, even with Iran hawks in power, going to take the extreme actions necessary to help sustain the uprising. "It would also distract from the grievances being raised by Iranian protesters by providing the regime with an external threat, an excuse for further economic failures".

Iran's atomic energy agency suggested that the country could resume and accelerate uranium enrichment if the sanctions are reimposed. "You'll be finding that out very soon", he said.

Under U.S. law, the White House must extend those waivers every four months. "They will only be coming back to Washington after the winter break, so it will take some time until Congress can address the issue". "It's probably his best strategy".