The US president Donald Trump faces another series of congressionally mandated deadlines to certify whether Iran is complying with the terms of the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers, Voice of America reported on Tuesday.
Many Iran watchers say Trump may use the deadlines to reimpose or enact new sanctions in an attempt to deliver a blow to Iran's government at a moment of vulnerability.
Further sanctions are possible against Iranian government elements that crackdown on protesters, Andrew Peek, the US deputy assistant secretary of state for Iran and Iraq said.
"We will hold accountable those people and entities who are committing violence — from the top to the bottom — against the Iranian protesters," Peek said Monday.
While it is far from certain Trump will formally abandon the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he could use the protests as further justification to chip away at it.
In October, Trump chose to "decertify" the nuclear deal, a decision that provided a 60-day window in which it was easier for Congress to apply sanctions on Iran. Congress declined to do so.
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