U.S.-Iran relations: a decisive day

U.S.-Iran relations: a decisive day

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An official White House announcement is expected on the extension of sanctions against Tehran and withdrawal from the nuclear deal, despite opposition from European allies

This is a decisive time in Washington for U.S.-Iran relations. President Trump is expected to confirm his tightening of sanctions against Tehran and the U.S. exit from the Iranian nuclear deal, signed in Vienna in December 2015 by the group known as the "5+1" – the veto-holding members of the UN Security Council (United Kingdom, France, United States, Russia and China), plus Germany. According to early rumors from the New York Times, the President is ready to renew the freeze on sanctions against Iran. Trump might also ask Congress to set a deadline for the European allies to change the deal, otherwise the U.S. will withdraw. Trump’s likely position is the result of his advisors’ and European allies’ persuasive efforts to avoid the breakdown of the nuclear deal at this stage. The White House could additionally announce "targeted sanctions" against Tehran government officials for corruption and human rights abuses.