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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.
Several European ministers will not attend the upcoming U.S.-Polish summit on the Middle East expected to focus on Iran, a likely U.S. presidential candidate calls for U.S. re-entry into the JCPOA, and the Trump administration's Missile Defense Review cites the possibility of an Iranian ICBM.
As the IAEA continues to find Iran in compliance with its obligations under the JCPOA, the United States has reimposed a second round of sanctions with waivers.
European Union states have responded to U.S. sanctions to facilitate legitimate trade with Iran, while a majority of the UN Security Council expresses support for the JCPOA.
Iran is pushing for EU measures to preserve oil sales, while other states seek waivers from the U.S. sanctions. In the meantime, Iran’s Defense Ministry announced plans Sept. 1 to boost production of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley continues to mischaracterize the terms of the JCPOA.