Iran Threatens to Restart Nuclear Program Amid New US Sanctions

US president Donald Trump has been increasing pressure on Iran over compliance with the UN-endorsed deal to lift nuclear sanctions on Tehran. Nicholas Kamm  AFP

US president Donald Trump has been increasing pressure on Iran over compliance with the UN-endorsed deal to lift nuclear sanctions on Tehran. Nicholas Kamm AFP

Rauf called attention to the fact that at the moment Iran has widespread worldwide support due to its compliance with the provisions of the nuclear deal.

Iran froze its nuclear program in 2015 under an agreement with world powers that saw it dramatically reduce its ability to enrich uranium and limit those efforts to fuel for its nuclear reactors.

Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, in a briefing to Israel's cabinet on August 13, said Iran is expanding its control in the region and is taking over territory for itself and its proxies in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. Kim Jong-un is using the threat of nuclear weapons to ensure the survival of his regime - all the more so when worldwide pressure mounts on him. Contacts between American officials and the group, which has been listed and de-listed as a terrorist organization by the US government over the years, have always been controversial. "Anyone who harms the accord harms himself and his country", Rouhani was quoted as saying by the Iranian Students News Agency.

The United States has been warned by its Mideast allies that the destruction of ISIS opens a vacuum that Iran and its allies, including Hezbollah, can quickly fill.

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Cohen also warned that Iran is using its proxy forces to secure territory inside Lebanon itself, as well as Yemen. "We just need to say that, with the advent of the Trump administration, the Americans designated Iran as its chief enemy and opponent and are trying to deliberately translate all that into reality". However, one can not expect the nuclear deal to attain goals that it was not created for, including Iran's good conduct in other political issues like Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

The challenge posed to the United States by Iran is so hard and complex a problem that even the Trump administration is somewhat divided on how to proceed. His confidence is based, in part, on Lebanese officials claiming there is no further room for the U.S.to sanction Hezbollah without inflicting grievous damage upon the national economy.

While the White House continues its crackdown against Iran by imposing sanctions on the country due to its current missile program, no one, even in Washington, can deny the fact that Tehran has been complying with the deal since it was concluded.

Landau also expressed concern about military collaboration between North Korea and Iran in both the missile and nuclear spheres. Two weeks ago, Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he did not suspect he would certify Iran's compliance again when it next comes up for review in October.

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"Dismantling the Iran nuclear deal without due cause or driven by ideological consideration reflects immaturity of leadership and a lack of understanding of the worldwide security landscape", Rauf stressed.

Iran won relief from prior sanctions that certain countries and the United Nations levied in response to Iran's nuclear activity amid allegations that Iran was working to develop nuclear weapons.

Iran in its 2015 deal with the US, Russia, China and three European powers had agreed to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of most sanctions.

Rouhani defended his Cabinet selections on Tuesday, and pointed to his choice for a new telecoms minister, 35-year-old Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, as "our first experience in choosing from the youth, someone who has grown up after the revolution".

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