The landmark deal struck with Iran by the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany is aimed at preventing Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon by enforcing time-limited regulations and strict international monitoring on its nuclear program. In return, Tehran won relief from punishing international economic sanctions.
Iran denies attempting nuclear arms. The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, concluded in December 2015, however, that Iran worked on the design of a missile-borne nuclear warhead until 2009.
While lifting nuclear-linked sanctions, the United States maintains sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile program, human rights record and what Washington charges is its support for international terrorism.
The senior administration official said the Trump administration intended to employ a strategy that would” address the totality of Iran's malign behavior” and not only focus on the Iran nuclear agreement.
The administration is also looking at ways to strengthen the nuclear deal and more strictly enforce it, the official said, citing concerns that the bargain over hour would let Iran openly pursue industrial-scale nuclear fuel enrichment.
” We're in a period where we're going to be working with our allies to explore options for addressing the JCPOA's flaws, which there are many ,” the official said.