US Accuses Iran of Destabilizing Afghanistan

Saul Bowman
August 4, 2017

Democrats who supported the sanctions said the new penalties on Iran don't conflict with the Iran nuclear deal.

On July 27, Iran announced the successful launch of its rocket after the US House of Representatives voted on a new list of sanctions against Tehran.

Trump, who during his election campaign called the nuclear agreement - negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama - "the worst deal ever", signed the new sanctions into law along with measures against Russian Federation and North Korea. He did not elaborate, but said the measures included steps to "improve" Iran's armed forces.

Another expert in the Middle Eastern regional security affairs, with a particular focus on Iran, Alex Vatanka noted that, although Iran claims it does not violate the 2015 agreement, its missile tests surely do not result in building confidence between Iran and the Trump administration.

American President Donald Trump signed into law a new sanctions package that targets Iran, along with Russian Federation and North Korea, despite complaints that it includes "a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions".

"One country stands out for its deliberate, systematic contributions of weapons, training and funding for terrorist groups", Haley said.

The US Treasury and the Senate late last month pressed new economic sanctions against six Iranian firms for their support for the country's ballistic missile program, as well as sanctions against Teheran for alleged human rights abuses.

"There are a lot of alternative means with which we use the agreement to advance our policies and the relationship with Iran, and that's what the conversation generally is around with the president as well", Tillerson said. Iran is abiding by the pact's provisions, United Nations monitors have said.

At that time, the Trump administration coupled its certification to Congress of Iran's compliance with a blistering critique of Iran's non-nuclear activities, saying Iran is "unquestionably in default of the spirit" of the deal.

The bill, called the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act", targets Iran, Russia, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Deputy Foreign Minister Araqchi's rhetoric comes as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is endorsed by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei for his second term after being re-elected in a landslide in May. Araqchi said Tehran's response would be "intelligent".

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