News ID: 191138
Published: 1217 GMT April 19, 2017

US: Iran complies with nuclear deal

US: Iran complies with nuclear deal

The Trump administration acknowledged that Iran has been complying with a nuclear deal signed between Tehran and world powers.

In a letter to US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Iran remained compliant with the 2015 deal, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Under the deal, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days on Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It is the first such notification under US President Donald Trump.

"The US Department of State certified to US House Speaker Paul Ryan today that Iran is compliant through April 18 with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," Tillerson said in a statement.

"President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States," Tillerson added.

He did not say how long the review would take but said in the letter to Ryan that the administration looked forward to working with Congress on the issue.

During his presidential campaign, Trump called the agreement "the worst deal ever negotiated," raising questions over whether he would rip up the agreement once he took office.

Nuclear experts have warned that any US violation of the nuclear deal would prompt Iran also to pull back from its commitments.

The historic deal between Iran and six major powers restricts Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international oil and financial sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The pact was signed in July 2015 by Iran and the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany.



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