The Trump administration, delaying an anticipated confrontation with Iran until the completion of a long-awaited policy review, plans to recertify Tehran's compliance with the Obama-era nuclear deal, according to US and foreign officials.
If Trump does state Iran is in compliance, it would be his second time since taking office in January to do so despite his promise during the 2016 campaign to "rip up" what he called "the worst deal ever".
But the decision about whether to scrap the deal has reportedly sparked fierce internal divisions, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arguing the USA should keep the seven-nation accord. The US congress stipulated that Iranian compliance be recertified every three months by the President.
That's not to say that the deal will definitely outlive the Trump administration. The review is expected to be completed before the next 90-day deadline in October, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity about internal deliberations. The decision to recertify was first reported Thursday by The Weekly Standard.
Even if it decides to recertify Iranian compliance and waive nuclear sanctions, the administration could still impose new sanctions for the terrorism and missile claims.
"The global accord successfully blocked Iran's paths to a nuclear weapon and has greatly strengthened the security of the United States and our allies", the letter stated.
Other signatories have been open in their rejection of Trump's assessment of the deal and warned that they would continue to honor the deal no matter what the United States does.
Zarif noted that Iran's expectation at the current stage was to see the compliance of all sides of the agreement to the deal, something which has been violated by the U.S., according to Zarif.
"In my capacity as coordinator, my task is and will stay to ensure that the deal is fully and effectively implemented by all sides", Mogherini said.