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Tensions between the United States and Iran continue to rise after the Trump administration questions Iran’s decision to install additional advanced centrifuges and accuses the country of attacking oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, while members of Congress seek to restrict funding for military action against Iran.
Iran has announced countermoves on the JCPOA and further actions if the Europeans, China, and Russia do not deliver on sanctions relief and has suggested that the country may also withdraw from the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), while earlier this month the United States renewed some nuclear cooperation waivers while revoking others.
The IAEA, which recently reported that Iran is complying with its nuclear-related commitments in the Iran deal, also reportedly inspected a warehouse in Iran last month. Iran is making progress on a mechanism to facilitate legitimate trade as the United States issues additional sanctions.
As U.S. Vice President Mike Pence calls for the EU to leave the JCPOA, the Democratic National Committee calls for the U.S. to re-enter the agreement. U.S. intelligence assessments find Iran in compliance with the nuclear deal and France, Germany, and the United Kingdom announce a mechanism to facilitate trade with Iran.