U.S. set to extend Iran sanctions relief
Unidentified International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors and Iranian technicians are on hand to cut the connections between the twin cascades for 20 per cent uranium enrichment at Natanz facility, some 322 kilometres south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (IRNA / Kazem Ghane)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:08AM EDT
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is poised to extend sanctions relief to Iran under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal even as the White House seeks ways to find Tehran is not complying with the agreement.
Administration officials say U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to extend sanctions waivers first issued by the Obama administration by a Thursday deadline. However, the officials say Trump remains determined to "decertify" Iranian compliance by an October deadline; a finding that could jeopardize further sanctions relief. The officials were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The UN atomic watchdog earlier this month said Iran is complying with the accord. But Iran deal opponents inside and outside the administration argue Tehran is at the least violating the spirit of the agreement.