Iran Complying With Nuclear Deal, but Still Supporting Terrorism, Trump Administration Says

Tillerson says full review of nuclear agreement underway to evaluate whether continued sanctions relief is in the national interest

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U.S. President Trump with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, April 7, 2017.
U.S. President Trump with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, April 7, 2017.Credit: CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS

The Trump administration has notified Congress that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama, and it has extended the sanctions relief given to the Islamic Republic in exchange for curbs on its atomic program.

However, in a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan sent late Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the administration has undertaken a full review of the agreement to evaluate whether continued sanctions relief is in the national interest.

"President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States," Tillerson said in the statement.

"It remains a leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods," Tillerson said.

The 2015 deal between Iran and six major powers restricts Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Trump has called the agreement "the worst deal ever negotiated".

The certification of Iran's compliance, which must be sent to Congress every 90 days, is the first issued by the Trump administration.

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