Iran, President Vows To Respond To Any New U.S. Sanctions, As Trump Weighs Fresh Inspections

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Da Stratfor – Jul 27, 2017

The United States is ramping up pressure on Iran with measures that are likely to test the sustainability of the 2015 nuclear agreement, AP and Reuters reported July 27. President Donald Trump was reported to be pushing for new inspections of Iranian military sites — which Tehran would likely refuse — providing a pretext for the United States to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. It follows Trump’s reluctant decision earlier in July to certify to Congress that Iran was complying with the plan. The deal, which involved sanctions relief for Iran in exchange for the country rolling back its nuclear program, was brokered by former President Barack Obama with the support of Russia, China and the European Union. Meanwhile, following a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 25 to impose new sanctions on Iran — as well as Russia and North Korea — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country would reciprocate if Trump signed the sanctions into law. The increasing tension between the United States and Iran was illustrated by the frequency of naval incidents recorded in recent months, including one in June that involved an Iranian boat training a laser on a U.S. helicopter above the Strait of Hormuz.

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