Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif greets U.N. Secretary General António Guterres at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Monday. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif greets U.N. Secretary General António Guterres at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Monday. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

The Trump administration certified to Congress late Monday that Iran has continued to meet the required conditions of its nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers.

But senior administration officials made clear that the certification was grudging, and said that President Trump intends to impose new sanctions on Iran for ongoing “malign activities” in non-nuclear areas such as ballistic missile development and support for terrorism.

“We judge that these Iranian activities severely undermine the intent” of the agreement as a force for international stability, one official said. Iran is “unquestionably in default of the spirit of the JCPOA,” or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, that took effect in January 2016 after years of negotiations, the official said.

International monitors and other signatories of the agreement have said that Iran is meeting its terms, giving the administration little room for maneuver in providing the assessment required by Congress every 90 days.

The last certification of Iranian compliance, in April, was also followed by new sanctions on Iranian individuals and companies the administration said played a role in ballistic missile tests that are not covered by the nuclear agreement.

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SOURCE: Karen DeYoung 
The Washington Post

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