Retired US Generals Defend Iran Nuclear Deal

Nichole Vega
July 15, 2017

Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that he would "tear up" the Obama-era agreement, which he and other Republicans say did not go far enough in dismantling Iran's nuclear program. The historic agreement shut down most of Iran's nuclear program, in some cases for decades, in exchange for an easing of worldwide sanctions. But State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that until the Iran review is completed, the us will continue upholding its side of the agreement: relief from nuclear sanctions.

Answering to questions on any possible meeting with Western politicians, including the US Congressmen or the Secretary of State, he said, "No plan has been made to this end".

"That has not changed", Nauert said.

A senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Middle East of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Candidate of Historical Sciences Elena Dunayeva, speaking to Vestnik Kavkaza, noted that Anti-Iranian rhetoric, which is now being heated in the United States, does not threaten a nuclear deal with Iran in any way.

The top European Union official stressed the importance of the regular meetings of the Joint Commission in order to "ensure transparency, constant dialogue and implementation by all" and noted that the next meeting of the commission is scheduled to be held in the Austrian capital Vienna on July 21.

Trump's administration certified the deal in April.

The nuclear deal was sealed in Vienna in July 2015 after 18 months of negotiations led by Secretary of State John Kerry and diplomats from the other four permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - Britain, China, France and Russian Federation - and Germany.

Trump's decision means there will be continued sanctions relief to Iran - and comes amid an internal debate about recertification, The Weekly Standard reported.

While lifting nuclear-linked sanctions, the U.S. maintains sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile programme, human rights record and what Washington charges is its support for worldwide terrorism.

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