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Trump administration plans to certify Iranian compliance with nuclear agreement

15 July 2017, 12:49 | Gina Pena

Shahrir Alam State Minister for Foreign Affairs Bangladesh 2:31 PM 07/12/2017

Shahrir Alam State Minister for Foreign Affairs Bangladesh 

2:31 PM 07/12/2017

During his presidential campaign, US President Donald Trump described the nuclear accord with Iran as a "disaster" and vowed to unilaterally scrap it. The Trump administration plans to certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear agreement.

"The nuclear agreement is a multilateral and worldwide contract achieved after years of dialogue and negotiation", said Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, late on Thursday.

It's also worth keeping in mind that if the USA did re-impose its nuclear sanctions on Iran, the other countries involved in the agreement would be unlikely to follow suit, meaning that the US would be diplomatically isolated and the pressure on Iran would be a lot weaker than it was before 2015.

Though officials cautioned that Trump could still change his mind, they said the administration was preparing to say Iran is indeed complying but that the certification does not prejudge the outcome of Trump's Iran policy review.

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".

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But the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations agency that is monitoring the nuclear deal, has said Iran is broadly in compliance.

According to Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi, the top Iranian diplomat is also scheduled to sit down with scholars and officials from different countries on the sidelines of the conference.

The deal was negotiated during the presidency of Barack Obama. Other powers that brokered the nuclear deal along with the US have said there's no appetite for renegotiating it.

While lifting nuclear-linked sanctions, the United States maintains sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile program and human rights record. Under its terms, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program, long suspected of being aimed at developing atomic weapons, in return for billions of dollars in sanctions relief.

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