USA lawmakers aim to tighten anti-Iran sanctions

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Lavrov points to danger of chemical terrorism spreading beyond Middle East

Iran asserts that its nuclear activities have never had any military dimension - something repeatedly verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is tasked with monitoring the technical aspect of the JCPOA's implementation.

On Friday, Trump threatened to walk away from the nuclear deal unless progress was made on negotiations regarding Iran's missile program, and it is unclear if this would also lead to the OFAC licences being revoked.

Terrorists in Iraq and Syria have learnt to produce chemical weapons and there's a real threat they may be used outside the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the UN Security Council.

"The (nuclear deal) constitutes a major achievement of nuclear non-proliferation and diplomacy and has contributed to regional and global peace and security", United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters on the second anniversary of the implementation of the deal between Iran and key world powers.

The Iran nuclear deal is on life support and on a trajectory for collapse, many policy experts believe, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's current continuation of sanctions relief.

He also highlighted the relationship between the United States and Russian Federation, regarding trust on nuclear issues that "continues to ebb".

In his address to the Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that it was in the world's interest that the agreement "be preserved".

The parties to the nuclear deal created a joint commission to handle any complaints of breaches.

Some Western countries prefer turning a blind eye to the use and production of chemical weapons by terrorists in Syria and Iraq, at the same time accusing Damascus without furnishing proof, Lavrov said.

Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani on Monday vowed "proportional reaction" to the new United States sanctions on Iranian entities and individuals.

Licenses were granted the following year by the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for Airbus to sell 100 planes to national carrier Iran Air, which has also ordered 80 from Boeing.

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