US prolongs sanctions against Iran
US President Donald Trump has extended the national emergency with respect to Iran that was declared on March 15, 1995, according to his letter to the US House of Representatives speaker and the Senate President.
"Actions and policies of the government of Iran, including its development of ballistic missiles, support for international terrorism and human rights abuses, continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States," the letter reads.
The US president added that for those reasons, he has "determined it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared with respect to Iran and to maintain in force comprehensive sanctions against Iran to respond to this threat."
Trump noted that the national emergency with respect to Iran that was declared on March 15, 1995, will remain in effect beyond March 15.
Earlier that month, Trump announced he would waive the sanctions on Iran as required by the nuclear agreement but for the last time. The US president also threatened to withdraw the US from the agreement if it is not amended.