White House Officials Announce Iran is Complying with Nuclear Agreement

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres

However, the State Department today said "Iran's other malign activities are serving to undercut whatever positive contributions to regional and global peace and security were meant to emerge" from the nuclear deal.

Alleging that Iran has maintained its steadfast support for the Assad regime, despite Assad's atrocities against his own people, the State Department said Tehran also continues to provide the Houthi rebels in Yemen with advanced weaponry that threatens freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, has been used to attack Saudi Arabia, and is prolonging the Yemen conflict.

On Monday, the media reported that President Donald Trump's administration was planning to impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile programme and alleged support of terrorism.

U.S. president Donald Trump has been a critic of the nuclear deal with Iran, which he says was not tough enough.

"Iran is a serious partner for all these countries in fighting a common enemy because we believe at the end of the day. these extremist forces are as much a threat against us, but even more a threat against them", Zarif said. He chose not to elaborate on the issue until the State Department's full statement regarding the Iran deal.

In a shift from that earlier threat to dismantle the deal, officials said the administration was working with USA allies to try to fix the deal's flaws, including the expiration of some nuclear restrictions after a decade or more. The legislation still awaits a vote at the US House of Representatives.

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

Zarif said they would discuss Iran's complaint that the United States has not been complying with its part of the deal by failing to lift all sanctions against Iran.

President Trump, who lambasted the 2015 pact as a candidate, gave himself more time to decide whether to scuttle it or let it stand.

But White House and other administration officials tell me the president nonetheless is serious about cracking down on Iran for its regional aggression, and is leaning closer to those of his advisers who are pushing him to pull out of the agreement that defines Obama's foreign policy legacy.

On Monday, after talking points for certifying Iran's compliance already had been distributed within the administration, Trump told senior advisors he was having second thoughts and wanted other options.

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). Administration officials tell me that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Tillerson have made the case that it was in the USA national interest to certify Iran's compliance.

The White House must make a decision by Tuesday on whether it will recertify that Iran is in compliance with the deal, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

In addition to earmarking an additional $260 million for its ballistic missile program, Iran's parliament also agreed Tuesday to allot a similar amount to the Revolutionary Guards' foreign operations wing, the Quds Force, accused by Washington of fomenting unrest across the region.

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