"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached one year ago today was a landmark worldwide achievement, removing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran while illustrating the power of economic sanctions, coupled with tough diplomacy, to bring about a safer world", Lew said in a statement.
One year ago, exhausted diplomats from Iran and a group of six world powers emerged from a meeting at a luxury hotel in Vienna, Austria with what they had been seeking for almost two years: a comprehensive agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting harsh economic sanctions.
Since the accord took effect in January, Iran has complied with the key nuclear parameters, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear watchdog. "The sanctions and threats were intensifying on a daily basis as Iran's nuclear program was growing more and more illegal from [the world's] standpoint".
It wasn't easy, and the process almost collapsed a couple of times, but exactly one year ago today, Americans learned of a historic diplomatic breakthrough: the United States and our negotiating partners had completed the Iran nuclear deal.
"We need to continue to work and we will continue to work and we have a specially designated ambassador whose day-to-day effort is leading a team to make sure that this deal continues to be lived up to, that we continue to be able to resolve any problems", U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.
Secretary of State John Kerry, who led negotiations on the deal, said Thursday that a program that many people said would not work and would make the world more unsafe "has, in fact, made the world safer" and ensured that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful.
The bipartisan bill expands sanctions for ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, and other illicit Iranian actions; sanctions transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran; and extends the Iran Sanctions Act, said officials.
The nuclear deal has achieved its two main objectives, many regional and nonproliferation experts say. "I call on all of Congress and the Obama Administration to support this bill and make clear to Iran that its nefarious activities that threaten the United States and our allies will not be allowed to continue without repercussions".
And in the Middle East, Israeli leaders still strongly oppose the deal although there is little talk of airstrikes or military intervention against Iran. The Iranian central bank, the U.S. Treasury and global banks were to meet in London on Tuesday to discuss stalled progress on banks resuming ties with Iran, Reuters quoted British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond as saying on Tuesday.
"Over the course of the past year, we have engaged the Administration repeatedly about the need to address Iranian threats to our national interests and the interests of our friends and allies in the region and around the world", said Senator Menendez.
Earlier this month, Republicans passed legislation to block Boeing and Airbus from selling commercial aircraft to Iran and to limit the president's authority to implement sanctions relief.
"This program was about a nuclear track and about a nuclear program".
Iran's nuclear deal with world powers is holding a year after it was agreed but more needs to be done to ensure its full implementation, a top Iranian negotiator said Wednesday. In that time, Iran has continued its provocative missile tests, state sponsorship of terrorism, and human rights abuses. In exchange for Tehran rolling back its nuclear program, the US and other world powers agreed to suspend wide-ranging oil, trade and financial sanctions that had choked the Iranian economy.
In Iran, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warns that U.S. noncompliance could lead Iran to alter course. "This program was about a nuclear track and about a nuclear program", Mr. Kerry said.