China Blasts US 'Blind Use of Unilateral Sanctions' Versus Iran

Raisi has sought to portray the nuclear deal as an empty promise perpetrated by Iran's adversaries, calling it "a check the government has been unable to cash".

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

INU -Tensions have been rising in recent weeks between the United States and North Korea, with the latter aggressively pursuing missile development while boasting of its ambition to be able to reach American targets with a nuclear weapon.

According to the Treasure Department, those affected include two senior Iranian defence officials, one of whom allegedly helps to arm the dictator Bashar al-Assad and a China-based network, Ruan Running, that allegedly supports Iran's military by supplying millions of dollars' worth of missile production items.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury Department placed sanctions on Iran over concerns about its ballistic missile programme.

Richard Nephew, a former United States 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.

"This ongoing review does not diminish the United States' resolve to continue countering Iran's destabilizing activity in the region ..."

"We urge our partners around the world to join us in calling out individuals and entities who violate worldwide sanctions targeting Iran's human rights abuses", Jones said.

The Trump administration will have to waive more sanctions next month, should it wish to maintain the historic nuclear deal.

US President Donald Trump, on the campaign trail, suggested that if elected his Administration might take a very different path towards Iran and might do so very quickly upon taking office, he said.

While the US says it will continue waiving these sanctions, it is ratcheting up other sanctions related to human rights abuses and the country's ballistic missile program.

"The State Department will continue to partner with our colleagues at the Department of the Treasury to ensure our national security in the face of Iranian threats".

The announcements and the report comes just days before Iran holds presidential elections that pit President Hassan Rouhani against several conservative opponents.

The Trump administration signed a waiver today that suspends sanctions against Iran.

The new sanctions announced Wednesday hit Morteza Farasatpour, a top Iranian defense official who oversaw the sale of explosives and other materials used by Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center, the Treasury Department said.

  • Zachary Reyes