USA weighs sanctions relief while bemoaning Iran's behaviour

President Trump waves after answering a media question as he arrived at the White House on Thursday

The violation of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal by the United States would be tantamount to breaking global law, a lawmaker said, noting that the European parties to the deal should try to make the U.S. stay committed or they would also sustain damages.

The Trump administration has called for United Nations inspections of Iranian military installations, a demand rejected by Tehran, and has also ramped up sanctions linked to Iran's ballistic missile program.

Trump faces a couple of deadlines.

He told that meeting that the agency "will continue to implement the Additional Protocol in Iran, including carrying out complementary accesses to sites and other locations, as we do in other countries with Additional Protocols".

As officials have made clear for months, the White House is seeking ways to find that Tehran is not complying with the agreement.

Speaking to reporters in Vienna, Amano stressed that that principle "applies to all countries, including Iran". "Iran doesn't need the United States to accomplish its goals".

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More than 80 experts on nuclear non-proliferation issues urged the Trump administration Wednesday to not abandon the global agreement reached with Iran to curb Tehran's nuclear weapons development program.

As dozens of retired Generals and Admirals wrote in a letter to Trump in July, the administration must "recognize the national security benefits of the nuclear agreement and appropriately weigh the risks to our troops of escalating tensions with Iran".

Under the law, these sanctions can be waived for a maximum of 120 days, forcing the US government to revisit the issue every four months. First, they would be hard to implement broadly as the previous sanctions regime that brought Iran to negotiations were built on years of diplomacy with a limited objective, not an indefinite time frame.

The abrogation of the nuclear deal would lend a tremendous blow to the global credibility of major powers that signed the deal with Iran. That would very likely shift the focus to Tehran - and to Congress, which could move to impose new sanctions on Iran.

The officials weren't authorized to discuss such internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Now, Tillerson is evaluating whether European allies - to say nothing of China, Russia and Iran - can be talked into expanding upon their deal, which took months of negotiations to complete during President Barack Obama's administration.

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Two deadlines are approaching that may signal the fate of the 2015 nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported again this week that Iran continues to abide by the accord, which went into effect in January 2016.

The nuclear non-proliferation experts said they "firmly support vigorous efforts to monitor and enforce compliance" with the agreement.

The current crisis with North Korea has been discussed often in this context - that tearing up the Iran deal would harm USA credibility with North Korea as it tries to negotiate for Pyongyang to denuclearize.

Johnson said there are two sides to the deal: The Islamic Republic behaving itself, and the USA and the others ensuring Iran enjoys economic benefits.

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