Zarif: If US violates Nuclear Deal, Iran Has Right to Withdraw

The U.S. administration is planning to introduce new sanctions against Iran in the near future in connection with its program of developing ballistic missiles and alleged support for terrorism, TASS reported.

During his campaign, Trump repeatedly criticised the Iran nuclear deal as "the worst deal ever negotiated".

However, the Trump administration on Monday said the country was "in default of the spirit" of the deal and that the U.S. was working on new non-nuclear sanctions against Iran, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Iran's continued malign activities outside the nuclear issue undermine the positive contributions to regional and global peace and security that the deal was supposed to provide", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

The Obama administration joined with five other world powers in 2015 in signing the agreement with Iran to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.

"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] states the anticipation of JCPOA participants that 'full implementation of this JCPOA will positively contribute to regional and worldwide peace and security, '" spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. Gen. Mohammad Baqeri, the chief of staff for Iran's armed forces, said in Sepah News, an official news site of the Guards.

According to the nuclear deal, the president is required by Congress to certify Iran's compliance every three months, a deadline that falls on Monday.

The sanctions will target the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the elite component of the Armed Forces, Iranian officials and legal entities.

"Iran remains one of the most risky threats to USA interests and regional stability", the official said".

The U.S. has criticized Iran for supporting the government of Bashar Assad in Syria and fomenting unrest in Yemen and elsewhere in the region.

The decision preserves the status quo even though President Donald Trump says it's a bad deal that mustn't stand as is.

The announcement comes the day after the Trump administration certified that Tehran is in compliance with the terms of the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement created to ensure Iran doesn't make nuclear weapons.

The State Department on Monday notified Congress, as it was required to do, that it was recertifying Iran's compliance with the worldwide agreement.

White House officials emphasized that the administration's stance toward the nuclear deal remains under review.

There are opportunities for involvement in discussion on the issue of nuclear deal.

Zarif's comments came as the Trump administration, facing a recurring deadline, said Iran was complying with the accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Top among the list of concerns today are improved Iranian missile capabilities, support for the Syrian government, human rights abuses and the detention of Americans.

The danger here is that Trump's instincts are to trash the deal and to deny that Iran is in compliance despite the fact that Tehran has been complying with the agreement from the start.