US Imposes New Iran Sanctions Over Ballistic Missile Program, 'Cyberattacks'

US Imposes New Iran Sanctions Over Ballistic Missile Program, 'Cyberattacks'

The Trump administration is set to sign off on a new round of waivers of sanctions against Iran that will keep the compliance with the Iran nuclear deal as the president determines what to do next, multiple sources tell ABC News.

Senior Iranian official Ali-Akbar Velayati says Washington's recent ban on sales of aircraft to Iran is another example of the United States' breach of promises and runs counter to the Iran nuclear deal.

Thursday is the deadline for renewing that waiver. Strong supporters of the deal would acknowledge that.

In a speech last week, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley laid out how and why the administration might decertify the agreement, citing Iran's other malign activities, such as support for terrorism.

"This is not something we're going to get for nothing", said Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council in Washington.

Jamil N. Jaffer, the founder of the National Security Institute at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, wrote an op-ed forUS News in which he laid out how the US could forge a nuclear deal with Iran that actually stopped Iran from illicitly obtaining nuclear weapons. The Trump administration has called for United Nations inspections of Iranian military installations, a demand rejected by Tehran, and has also ramped up sanctions linked to Iran's ballistic missile program.

In a Wednesday statement organized by the Arms Control Association, a Washington-based disarmament advocacy group, experts in nuclear nonproliferation diplomacy from around the world hailed the deal as a "net plus for global nuclear nonproliferation efforts", The New York Times reported. Their party line is that the deal is the best possible way to limit Iran's nuclear rise. Under something called the Additional Protocol, which Iran accepted as part of the JCPOA, inspectors can request access to undeclared sites, including military sites.

The current nuclear deal is a failure; that is plain to see.

If America is seen as purposely sabotaging the agreement, Kahl said it would provide "lots of ammunition for Iranian hardliners to bludgeon Rouhani, discredit reformists and pragmatists within the Iranian system".

If the White House decides not to waive the sanctions this week, that could throw the deal in doubt immediately. "But I think the question becomes, even if that's their near-term strategy, whether it is politically sustainable over the long-term?" The company also provided the same type of lease to Iraq's Al-Naser Airlines as recently as 2016, and helped with the wet lease and sale of aircraft to Iran's Mahan Air, and used front companies to give Mahan Air aircraft and parts from the US. If the president doesn't certify compliance, Congress has 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions lifted under the agreement.


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