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In July, President Donald Trump recertified the deal for a second time - the first was in May - while vowing to strengthen its enforcement.

The German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel explicitly stated that Germany is ready to cooperate with US, UK, and France to more exert pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran to force Iranians to comply with their nuclear commitments.

A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, called the waiver "a holding action", warning that no decision had been reached on the long-term future of the deal.

Earlier, sources said the United States will renew a waiver of the key, and most punitive, sanctions it imposed on Iran before the nuclear deal was ultimately struck.

But that certification to Congress, required every 90 days under USA law and not as part of the Iran deal itself, is in jeopardy as Trump searches for a way out of the accord.

Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal are pushing a proposal that calls for President Donald Trump to declare Tehran has failed to comply with the agreement and to threaten a unprecedented economic embargo created to rattle the regime. He also told The Wall Street Journal that he "does not expect that they will be in compliance". That is, when the Obama administration signed the deal, Congress required him to say every three months whether he believed Iran was in compliance. Those, however, aren't specifically covered in the nuclear agreement. The agreement saw Iran sharply curtail its nuclear program and allow extensive inspections in return for the lifting of worldwide sanctions.

Mersad Co., a private computer security company based in Iran, was sanctioned along with four associated Iranian nationals for "causing a significant disruption to the availability of a computer or network of computers", according to the statement.

Tillerson isn't the only administration official exploring ways to finesse certifying the Iran deal.

In addition, "sanctions never stopped Iran's nuclear program", argued Sherman, saying that the number of Iranian centrifuges grew to 19,000 under the old sanctions regime despite its crippling effect on the Iranian economy. "Goldberg was one of the most serious players in the Iran sanctions world for years, and he still has the ear of just about everyone who matters".

That's produced a search for new options before the October 15 deadline under a law requiring the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is complying with the accord.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani was also scheduled to deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly. But reinstating sanctions would violate the U.S.'s terms - and effectively tear up the agreement.


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