Nuclear deal holding but more work needed: Iran negotiator

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did not respond directly to the House vote, but he called the nuclear deal a "triumph of diplomacy over coercion" on Twitter, and said some USA politicians keep using the same "tired slogans" and "old methods that produce the same old failures".

The landmark nuclear deal reached past year between world powers and Iran has "succeeded in rolling back Iran's nuclear program", US President Barack Obama said in a statement on Thursday morning. But Republicans said Iran should be punished for continuing to manufacture heavy water, not rewarded with millions of USA taxpayer dollars that may end up being used to support terrorism or Tehran's ballistic missile program.

For his part, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did not respond directly to the House vote, but he called the nuclear deal a "triumph of diplomacy over coercion" on Twitter, and said some US politicians keep using the same "tired slogans" and "old methods that produce the same old failures".

Congress has been considering a handful of bills that would force the Obama administration to disclose its secret deals with Iran and ban the United States from taking similar action in the future. Winner: Iran. SANCTIONS Iran wanted relief from global economic pressure to coincide with January's implementation of the nuclear accord.

In a statement sent to 47ABC he says in part quote, "In addition to making sure Iran complies with the terms of the nuclear agreement, we must continue to push back on Iran's unsafe behavior in the Middle East, from its support for terrorism to its ongoing illegal ballistic missile tests and human rights violations". The White House has said removing the country's surplus heavy water denies Tehran access to a material that may be stored for potential nuclear weapons production.

One year later, Iran has given up 98 percent of its nuclear material, worldwide inspectors are monitoring nuclear facilities and most experts agree that it would take months longer for Iran to assemble a nuclear weapon.

Its targets include Iran's ballistic missile development as well as extension of the Iran Sanctions Act. Last month, US aerospace giant Boeing announced a tentative deal to sell 100 jets to Iran's state-owned airline. Meanwhile, steps that opponents call "concessions" to Iran are simply part of the deal, the administration says. The European Union confirms the support to the High Representative's coordinating role of the Joint Commission foreseen under the agreement and calls for assistance to the IAEA in its responsibility to monitor and verify Iran's nuclear-related commitments.

However, as he touted the diplomatic victory, Kerry conceded that deep differences with Iran remain.

"Iran has a lot of homework to do", Mull said.

"The intrusive inspection regime on Iran's nuclear program provided for by the [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] is a strength of the agreement".

But those who opposed the deal point to the many unknowns in the Western world's dealings with Iran - the lingering questions whether Iran is acquiring plutonium from the black market or producing it in undetected research facilities and the nagging concern over whether Iran will continue to abide by the agreement. Members of the Financial Services Committee still sought to codify existing restrictions such that, if Iran were eventually removed from the terrorism list, Ex-Im financing of deals with Iran would still be prohibited. According to Ross, "recent reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency indicate that Iran is in compliance with the JCPOA, but the level of information they provide is dramatically less than that found in previous IAEA reports on Iran's nuclear program".

The measures were among the last the House passed before Congress left Washington for a seven-week summer recess. But if the presumptive GOP nominee keeps his word and tears up the Iran deal, the consequences would be tragic - all but guaranteeing the one outcome sane Americans want to avoid.

Heavy water is a non-radioactive byproduct from making nuclear energy.

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