By John Lee.
The United States is to extend sanctions relief for Iran for another 120 days.
In a statement, President Donald Trump said:
“Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal. Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw.
“I am open to working with Congress on bipartisan legislation regarding Iran. But any bill I sign must include four critical components.
“First, it must demand that Iran allow immediate inspections at all sites requested by international inspectors.
“Second, it must ensure that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon.
“Third, unlike the nuclear deal, these provisions must have no expiration date. My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon—not just for ten years, but forever. If Iran does not comply with any of these provisions, American nuclear sanctions would automatically resume.
“Fourth, the legislation must explicitly state in United States law—for the first time—that long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs are inseparable, and that Iran’s development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions.“
The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has extended sanctions to 14 additional individuals and entities in connection with serious human rights abuses and censorship in Iran, and support to designated Iranian weapons proliferators.
(Source: Office of the US President)