Trump Imposes Iran Missile Sanctions and Keeps Nuclear Deal

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The United States has decided not to re-impose sanctions on Iran's Nuclear Programme.

The U.S. will continue to "scrutinize Iran's commitment" to the nuclear deal while developing a "comprehensive Iran policy", Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones said in a statement.

The new sanctions concern "Iranian defense officials, an Iranian entity, and a China-based network that supplied missile-applicable items to a key Iranian defense entity'" as announced by the US Treasury Department.

Trump expressed his lack of enthusiasm for the nuclear deal brokered under his predecessor Barack Obama in no uncertain terms during the US presidential election campaign when he described undoing it as his "number one priority".

Also under US sanctions hit the Iranian company Iranian Novini System Management.

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The new sanctions, issued by the Treasury Department, cover two senior Iranian defense officials, an Iranian company, a Chinese man, and three Chinese companies. President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who helped orchestrate the 2015 nuclear deal, is seeking a second four-year term against cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who has the backing of Iranian hard-liners.

While he was running for office Trump vowed to renegotiate or tear up the nuclear deal.

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 Obama administration did so in mid January, forcing the Trump administration to decide by Wednesday whether to renew them or to put the wider Iran deal at risk.

North Korea possesses nuclear weapons, and many western countries as well as security experts suspect that Iran harbours designs to acquire atomic arms for itself, in addition to its suspected arsenal of chemical weapons that were produced during the 1980s.

But the White House also maintained the waiver of major sanctions on Iran agreed to in the nuclear deal.

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Trump imposed new penalties on seven Iranian and Chinese people and companies regarding the Islamic Republic's ballistic missile program. The sanctions also target a series of Chinese companies associated with Ruan Runling, a Chinese citizen.

According to the LA Times, this strategy is a follow-on from the Obama administration's policy of sticking by the nuclear agreement whilst punishing the Iranian Regime for its ballistic missile programme and its support for terrorism.

The US believes the Chinese business tied to Tehran's ballistic missile program is in breach of global law because, the US said, it could carry nuclear warheads in the future.

Although Trump continued ex-president Barack Obama's pact, which he has always been criticizing and ordered to review the deal, the USA has a tough position towards Islamic Republic.

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