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China protests 'unhelpful' United States sanctions on Iran

19 May 2017

"And above all, the United States will never allow the regime in Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon", the statement said.

The sanctions target Iranian officials involved with developing the country's ballistic missile program as well as Chinese suppliers of ballistic missile technology.

The US State Department also released a report on cited Iranian human rights violations required by Congress every six months. But those sanctions waivers need to be periodically renewed, and today was the first deadline to fall during President Trump's term.

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Iran has also warned that it would restore its nuclear activities to the pre-JCPOA level, if the other side - especially the US - fails to keep its end of the bargain.

Iran, meanwhile, has been too busy to react, as it often does, to the seemingly contradictory announcements from Washington, seeing as Iranians are getting ready to cast their votes in the presidential elections on Friday, May 19.

The development shows that Trump's softened stance on the Iran Nuclear deal and comes ahead of the President's five-country which includes stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel. In the meantime, Jones said, the US will keep implementing the deal - including the sanctions relief. While Trump certainly views Iran with suspicion, it would much rather deal with Rouhani, who has been lauded as a "moderate" willing to deal with the West, than his conservative clerical challenger, Ebrahim Raisi.

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It will implement a new set of sanctions related to Iran's missile programme continuing participation in the JCPOA.

Summary⎙ Print The Trump administration sanctioned seven new entities for their alleged role in Iran's ballistic missile program even as it complied with the letter of the nuclear deal.

However, the US Treasury issued fresh sanctions against specific officials and a Chinese business with links to Iran's missile programme. The Obama administration did so in mid January, forcing the Trump administration to decide by Wednesday whether to renew them or to put the wider Iran deal at risk.

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Europe's leaders are quickly moving forward on economic normalisation with Iran, and scuttling the nuclear deal would have wide-ranging diplomatic repercussions with major allies, she said. That was a relief to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who made the 2015 nuclear deal the centerpiece of his efforts to end Iran's isolation and rebuild its economy with foreign investment. Additionally, this decision also seems to be a demonstration of the extent to which Trump's foreign policy advisers, including Defense Secretary Mattis, Secretary of State Tillerson, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, have apparently managed to moderate numerous positions that Trump had taken on the campaign trail.