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U.S. extends Iran sanctions relief, issues 11 new penalties

Staff Writer |
The Trump administration extended sanctions relief for Iran under a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers but issued 11 new economic penalties unrelated to the agreement.

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“The administration did approve waivers in order to maintain some flexibility as it develops a policy to address the range of Iranian behavior,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters.

The Trump administration first extended sanctions in May.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly slammed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), calling it one of the worst deal’s he’s ever seen and threatening to pull the U.S. out of the landmark accord.

Nauert said the decision to waive sanctions is not “an indication of President Trump or his administration's position on the JCPOA, nor is the waiver giving the Iranian regime a pass on its broad range of malign behavior.”

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