US reviewing lifting of Iran sanctions

US President Donald Trump directed a National Security Council-led interagency review on whether the Iranian nuclear deal met US interests, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan.

“Notwithstanding, Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods.  President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) 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.  When the interagency review is completed, the administration looks forward to working with Congress on this issue,” Tillerson said on Tuesday.

He actually confirmed that Iran was fulfilling its obligations under the JCPOA.

On July 14, 2015, Iran and the P5+1 group of states – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States plus Germany – signed the JCPOA, ensuring the peaceful nature of Tehran’s nuclear program in return for the gradual lifting of sanctions.

The agreement came into force on January 16, 2016, after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) submitted a report confirming the readiness of Iran’s authorities to implement the program to reduce the country’s nuclear potential.

However, on February 3, 2017, Trump’s administration imposed new sanctions against Iran, involving 25 individuals and entities based in Iran, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and China for allegedly supporting Tehran’s ballistic missile program following its medium-range ballistic missile test carried out in January.