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Tillerson: Iran complying but still sponsoring terrorism

Under review Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will undergo a'full review- but for now the US is continuing to extend sanction relief Trump administration says Iran complying with nuclear deal
Eleena Tovar | 21 Abril, 2017, 16:35

He acknowledged the Iranians had met the terms of the 2015 deal, but raised concerns about the country as a "state sponsor of terrorism".

Notwithstanding, Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods.

However, calling Iran "a leading state sponsor of terror", Tillerson informed Congress that the Trump administration had directed a full review of the 2015 nuclear deal to evaluate whether continued sanctions relief was in the USA national security interests, NBC News reported.

Late on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan saying that Iran is complying with the terms of the agreement to curb its nuclear program. The agreement restricts Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from global energy and financial sanctions. The agreement to stop a series of painful economic penalties was a key component of the nuclear deal brokered by former President Barack Obama after decades of deep animosity between Washington and Tehran.

Votel said that, since the agreement was finalized, the US military has seen a heightened number of "malign activities" on the part of Iran and its proxies in the Central Region, including "Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt, the Sinai, and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait [located between Yemen and Djibouti and Eritrea] and in other parts of our area of responsibility".

The deal stipulates that the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days regarding Iran's compliance.

He did not say how long the review would take but said in the letter to Ryan that the administration looked forward to working with Congress on the issue. Last month Secretary of Defense James Mattis called Iran the "world's biggest sponsor of state terrorism". If not, Trump will place the U.S.in violation of its commitments and be responsible for unilaterally killing the nuclear deal.

Iran has yet to comment on the Trump administration's review, but Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned in November that Tehran would retaliate if the United States breached the nuclear agreement. He had said in January of 2016 after the deal was implemented that "Iran will not get its hands on a nuclear bomb".

The next test of Trump's attitude towards the nuclear deal will be in May when he must decide whether to extend sanctions waivers for Iran first signed by Obama.