The landmark deal struck with Iran by the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany is aimed at preventing Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon by imposing time-limited restrictions and strict global monitoring on its nuclear program.
While lifting nuclear-linked sanctions, the United States maintains sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile program, human rights record and what Washington charges is its support for worldwide terrorism.
"This Administration will continue to aggressively target Iran's malign activity, including their ongoing state support of terrorism, ballistic missile program, and human rights abuses", Mnuchin said in a statement.
On Monday, even as they said Iran was complying with the deal, senior administration officials took steps to bash the agreement, pointing out, for instance, that its provisions are not permanent. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared to suggest Monday that Iran may withdraw from the nuclear deal if the US continues to sanction the regime and discourage Western investment, saying, "Iran has other options available, including withdrawing from the deal".
By contrast, Zarif said during his years of negotiating the 2015 nuclear deal, he and former Secretary of State John Kerry "probably" spent more time with each other "than with anybody else".
Under U.S. law, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days of Iran's compliance with the 2015 deal.
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At a midnight deadline Monday, the Trump administration certified that Iran was complying with the nuclear deal. What's more, the US intelligence community feels that Iran is pushing the edges, but overall is in compliance Iran deal.
The new sanctions, according to the representative of the White House, will be created to counter large-scale expansion of Iran's Armed Forces, as well as its operations in Syria and the Middle East in general. Administration officials said in announcing the recertification that they would seek to better enforce the deal.
This is the second time the Trump administration has acknowledged Iran's compliance, and the president reportedly told his aides he does not intend to renew the certification indefinitely, according to the New York Times.
"We certainly hope that if we don't agree with each other about the situation in Yemen or about the situation in Syria we can still work with each other in order to bring those situations to an end", said Zarif, who was in NY for a high-level United Nations meeting on sustainable development. In meetings with his national security cabinet, the president has never been keen on Obama's nuclear deal. Under its provisions, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief worth billions of dollars. So Iran will have its money and they'll be free to develop a nuclear weapon if they want to-all without having to go to the trouble of breaking the treaty themselves.
The nuclear deal was agreed in Vienna in July 2015 after long-lasting negotiations initiated by five major world powers, including China, France, Germany, Russia, the United States and Britain.
Tuesday's sanctions came after the US Senate in June overwhelmingly passed legislation to strengthen sanctions against Iran for its ballistic missile testing and other non-nuclear provocations.