Failure to grant the sanctions waivers detailed in the 2015 Iran nucelar deal would jeopardize U.S. nonproliferation priorities and increases the risk that the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will collapse.
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.
Iran faces more U.S. sanctions as IAEA confirms its compliance with nuclear deal.
European powers have developed a trade mechanism to enable commercial transactions with Iran
despite U.S. 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.
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.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accuses Tehran of being in “open defiance” of Security Council resolution.
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.
The United States abandoned the Iran nuclear deal, but Tehran continues to comply for now.
The Trump administration ramped up its reckless and irresponsible “maximum pressure” approach to Iran Nov. 5 when it rolled out the second round of U.S. sanctions, re-imposed after President Donald Trump violated and withdrew from the nuclear deal in May.
Although the new oil sanctions are unlikely to change Iran’s commitment to the JCPOA in the short-term, the long-term viability of the deal remains at risk.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s charge draws pushback from the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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.