Trump officials considering ending Iran waivers for civilian nuclear work: report
Added 07-20-19 08:57:02am EST - “The Trump administration is? reportedly mulling ending waivers that allow Iran to run a civilian nuclear program with international help, a move that could further undermine the Obama-era nuclear deal.” - Thehill.com
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The Trump administration is reportedly mulling ending waivers that allow Iran to run a civilian nuclear program with international help, a move that could further undermine the Obama-era nuclear deal.
Two current U.S. officials and a former official familiar with the conversations told NBC News that the administration is in the midst of an internal debate over the decision, which could be the final straw for a nuclear deal that has been on its last leg since the president withdrew the U.S. from the pact last year.
The discussions come amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran that has seen a series of vessel seizures in the Strait of Hormuz and the downing of an Iranian and U.S. drone.
European signatories to the deal have leaned on the White House to keep the waivers in place, fearing that the deal’s total disintegration could ratchet up tensions even further.
The waivers permit Tehran to receive assistance from the deal’s parties to run several atomic sites for civilian purposes, cites that have come under intense criticism from several Republican lawmakers with hawkish positions on Iran.
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