Trump administration says Iran complying with nuclear deal

State Rex Tillerson by Joe Skipper  Reuters

The nuclear agreement, negotiated during Barack Obama's presidency, placed limitations on Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for lifting economic sanctions against Iran.

In a statement released by the State Department, Tillerson said Iran is making good on its commitment under the agreement, but added that President Donald Trump has ordered a review of the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the US and five other powers agreed to lift some sanctions on Iran if the country would restrict its nuclear activities.

The nuclear deal was struck in July 2015 after 18 months of negotiations between the U.S., U.K., China, France and Russia, Germany, and Iran.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that the US intends to review the lifting of sanctions against Iran.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Iran is sticking to the terms of the historic agreement it made to curb its nuclear program. The agreement restricts Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from global energy and financial sanctions.

He said he had notified U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, of the decision on Tuesday and of Iran's compliance under the deal, clinched under the Obama administration. Tillerson's letter is the first notification under the Trump administration.

On Monday, Foreign Policy reported that the Trump administration was considering increasing current United States sanctions against Iran. Last month Secretary of Defense James Mattis called Iran the "world's biggest sponsor of state terrorism".

This letter certifies that the conditions of Section 135 (d)(6) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (AEA), as amended, including as amended by the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-17), enacted May 22, 2015, are met as of April 18, 2017.

On March 29, Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), told Congress that the U.S. needs to have military action as an option on the table given Iran's continuing belligerence and support for terrorist groups in the Middle East and beyond.

Though there was no sign the Trump administration meant to walk away from the deal, Tillerson twice cautioned that if left unchecked Tehran could become a threat like North Korea, which is also under pressure over its nuclear ambitions.

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