However, Wednesday's decision to implement new sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile program suggest the administration is eager to take a tougher stance toward the longtime United States adversary.
To remind you, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the title of dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran designed and signed by President Obama. However as part of the agreement, Washington must agree to issuing periodical reviews of the Iran's complicity with the terms of the agreement.
Referring to Iran as "the number one terrorist state", the US president said the Middle Eastern country supplies money and weapons to terrorist groups.
USA officials have declined to give a timeline for when the Iran review would be complete. "President Trump is determined to hold Tehran accountable for its risky and aggressive behavior that is destabilizing the Middle East, while making it clear to the Iranian people that he stands with them-not with the regime that has oppressed them for so long".
It is very likely that Trump's tactic of keeping old sanctions at bay while imposing new ones is meant to demolish any accusation that he is softening his position on Iran.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Iran's actions were destabilizing the Middle East, and he accused Iranian officials of "assisting the brutal Assad regime". Iran backs the Assad regime in its bid to suppress the civil war in Syria, among other involvements in the region.
Washington nevertheless maintained a stern tone, imposing new measures to punish Iranian defense officials and a Chinese business tied to Tehran's banned missile program.
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Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency on Thursday, Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said members of the influential parliamentary commission will convene a session to address the fresh USA sanctions. According to media reports, Fractur engaged in the sale and delivery of explosives to the Syrian government.
Ahmadi was sanctioned for his role in coordinating Iran's ballistic missile flight tests, as well as research and development activities pertaining to the program.
Iranian's are fiercely divided over whether the nuclear deal with the West was a good idea. "Iran will continue its missile program forcefully...as planned", he said. This company is responsible for Iran's missile program. "The State Department will continue to partner with our colleagues at the Department of the Treasury to ensure our national security in the face of Iranian threats".
The targeted sanctions come on the same day the Trump administration said it would continue to waive other, broader sanctions on Iran, a move that was required to keep implementing the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. The designations also make it illegal for USA banks, companies or citizens to do do business with them.
Despite Donald Trump's past criticism of the nuclear deal, his administration kept hold of the agreement on Wednesday, but renewed a waiver of nuclear-related sanctions.
Update 1:57 p.m.: This post has been updated with more information.
This story was updated at 2:38 p.m.