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21 April 2017, 04:31 | Erica Roy
Trump admin orders review of Iran nuclear deal sanctions: US
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of "alarming ongoing provocations" to destabilise countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy towards Tehran.
"It remains a leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods".
The Trump administration has ordered an inter-agency review of whether the suspension of sanctions on Iran under a landmark nuclear deal in 2015 was in the US' national security interests, the secretary of state has said.
Trump has repeatedly denounced the agreement, and in a January interview with the Times of London and Bild newspaper called it "one of the worst deals ever made".
The pivotal deal between Iran and six major powers restricts Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of worldwide oil and financial sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Nevertheless, the letter to Ryan said Trump was ready to review the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in light of Iran's backing for terrorism.
Tillerson told reporters the review, which he announced on Tuesday, would not only look at Tehran's compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal but also its behaviour in the region which he said undermined United States interests in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.
As part of the so-called "joint comprehensive plan of action" (JCPOA), the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days on Iran's compliance with the terms of the deal.
As CNN notes, if the US were to reapply sanctions against Iran, it would go against the terms of the JCPOA.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said last month that Iran continues to export terrorism and sponsor the activity of its ally Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based terrorist group.
The sanctions drastically reduced crude oil exports from Iran.
This letter certifies that the conditions of Section 135 (d)(6) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (AEA), as amended, including as amended by the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-17), enacted May 22, 2015, are met as of April 18, 2017.
Though there was no sign the Trump administration meant to walk away from the deal, Tillerson twice cautioned that if left unchecked Tehran could become a threat like North Korea, which is also under pressure over its nuclear ambitions.
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