State Dept. Extends Partial Iran Sanctions Relief, Adds New Penalties

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential elec

Shamkhani added, "Counter-constructive behavior of the Trump administration is an effort to harm the worldwide (nuclear) agreement and ruin the country's [the U.S.] status in the global system".

The official went on to note that, of course, the ongoing exhibition in Tehran marks the best response to America's House of Representatives, for it reflects reliance on national capabilities gained through sanction year; "despite the USA plan to hold Iran back through sanctions, we were able to proceed and make progress thanks to knowledge of prominent experts of the country in all private and state sectors".

"The Islamic Republic does not have any undeclared nuclear activities in any part of its geographical areas", said Shamkhani, stressing that this has been proved in inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is tasked with monitoring the technical aspect of the JCPOA's implementation.

"The issue of access to Iran's military sites is a closed case", Shamkhani concluded.

Last month, the USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, traveled to Vienna to press for inspection of Iran's military sites.

The secretary went on to accuse the administration of US President Donald Trump of "unconstructive and excuse-seeking behavior... which is an active attempt to damage this global agreement".

"Waiving some of those sanctions should not be seen as an indication of President [Donald] Trump or his administration's position on the [nuclear deal], nor is the waiver giving the Iranian regime a pass on its broad range of malign behavior", U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

Pakistan firing kills BSF trooper in J&K
It is learnt that Singh, a native of Balia district in Uttar Pradesh, was posted at the Chenaz border outpost. There have been continuous ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops for the past three days.

Policy hawks welcomed the US Treasury's announcement of new sanctions on non-nuclear issues.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on September 14 that Trump's suggestion that the nuclear deal should be renegotiated was "pure fantasy".

"Certainly at a minimum the spirit of the deal is atrociously kept".

"In the case of Iran, it's not only merely terror, it's also the quest for nuclear weapons that concerns us and should concern the entire worldwide community".

On Thursday, the Trump administration announced it would extend a waiver on nuclear sanctions against Iran, but also imposed new sanctions unrelated to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Although Trump may still ditch the agreement, it now seems more likely that he'll seek a less radical approach in pressuring Iran, a country he and many in his administration distrust deeply. So far, he hasn't received any support for ripping up the agreement.

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