Treasury Issues Sanctions Against Iranian Hackers

Kelvin Reese
September 15, 2017

"The new sanctions on non-nuclear matters signal President Trump's determination to confront Tehran over actions the United States considers destabilizing to the region and in defiance of the intent of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal", The Washington Post reported.

Saying that Iran is violating "the spirit" of the agreement, Trump said, "We are not going to stand for what they are doing". Former President Barack Obama's administration, which negotiated the deal, did so in mid-January and Trump's administration did so again on May 17.

In late August, the Trump administration sent US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to Vienna to lobby with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to request access to Iranian military sites as part of the deal, in spite of the fact that the IAEA has confirmed Iran's compliance with the JCPOA in all its reports.

Under U.S. law, the president must certify to Congress every 90 days whether Iran is adhering to the agreement.

The Trump administration has twice so far certified Iran's compliance with the deal. The agreement saw Iran sharply curtail its nuclear program and allow extensive inspections in return for the lifting of global sanctions.

According to both ABC and Reuters' sources, that decision has yet to be made.

Iran on Tuesday rejected the notion that the United Nations nuclear watchdog has the right to request access to its military sites, calling into question again the Obama administration's contention that it had negotiated with Tehran the "most robust and intrusive" regime of inspections ever. Their party line is that the deal is the best possible way to limit Iran's nuclear rise.

"Iran must believe that if the USA pursues an immediate global sanctions embargo, the timeline of regime instability and economic collapse could be faster than nuclear 'breakout, '" it said. White House and Pentagon officials are deeply concerned about the potential risks of Iranian retaliation against thousands of US troops deployed in Iraq and Syria who are in close proximity to Tehran-backed militia.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking during a ceremony in Tehran Iran 12 September 2017
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking during a ceremony in Tehran Iran 12 September 2017

China, India and other countries could decide to buy oil despite US warnings and sanctions, and Washington could find itself in a trade war with some of the world's biggest economies, Kahl said.

We do not care that they are trying to use leverage.

New sanctions won't work either, the three said.

In a carefully read 20-minute address at the American Enterprise Institute, Haley argued that the nuclear deal can't be considered in isolation.

The Trump White House's threats to dismantle the JCPOA are tremendously unsafe for the US and the entire world. "During that time, Congress could take the opportunity to debate Iran's support for terrorism, its past nuclear activity and its massive human-rights violations".

The current nuclear deal is a failure; that is plain to see.

With assistance from Jonathan Tirone Helene Fouquet Thomas Penny Katharina Rosskopf and Kambiz Foroohar.

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