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China protests 'unhelpful' United States sanctions on Iran

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Laurie Berry | 19 May, 2017, 15:03

Such policies could include "ballistic missile tests, arms shipments to the Houthi rebels and Syrian President Assad, and aggressive naval maneuvers in the Straits of Hormuz", she added.

Although oil sales have rebounded since the deal came into effect in January 2016, Iran's continued exclusion from the global banking system has prevented it from signing much needed trade and investment deals with Europe and Asia.

Iran's right to strengthen its military capabilities is not a violation of the country's nuclear agreement with world powers, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

But it balanced the decision with new measures against Iranian defence officials and a Chinese business linked to Iran's ballistic missile programme.

Under the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran agreed to limit parts of its peaceful nuclear program in exchange for the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions imposed by the US. As Al-Monitor first predicted May 14, however, the waiver was accompanied by harsh "foot stomping" meant to convey the message that Trump is determined to keep the pressure on Iran for non-nuclear-related malfeasance. She added that its supporters say "that if the U.S.is blamed for the collapse of this deal it will be hard for the U.S.to get partners back on board". The Trump administration will have to waive more sanctions next month if it wants to stick by the nuclear deal.

As Bloomberg Politics further notes, the new sanctions were announced just two days before Iran's presidential election, in which "moderate" President Hassan Rouhani faces "hardline" challengers who insist Iran has not benefited sufficiently from the nuclear deal.

The Trump administration is conducting an interagency review of USA policy to Iran and whether the nuclear deal advances United States national security interests, Jones said.

French media voice access concerns to new president
Macron also held a defence council meeting with the defence minister and the military chiefs to focus on security issues.

Along with the P5+1 (five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), the Obama administration touted the nuclear deal as a crucial move towards détente with Iran and regional peace. The State Department said it will "continue implementing USA sanctions-lifting commitments".

He also called on Iran to immediately release Americans detained in the country.

On Wednesday night he said: "the U.S. is not pursuing efforts to reduce Iran's sales of crude oil at this time".

The implications of the Trump administration's decision to extend sanctions relief, will however, reverberate beyond the realm of worldwide relations.

"I oppose this legislation". "JCPOA" is the formal name of the nuclear deal.

Richard Nephew, a former USA negotiator with Iran now at Columbia University, called the renewal an "important step" in maintaining the deal but said it was still threatened by "congressional pressure, Republican politics, and the views of many people" in the Trump administration.

Ahmadi "coordinates SBIG's ballistic missile flight tests with Iran's Aerospace Industries Organization", which is "the Iranian organization responsible for ballistic missile research, development, and production activities and organization".

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