U.S. President Barack Obama has extended national emergency with respect to Iran in spite of signing nuclear deal in July 2015.
“Our relations with Iran have not yet returned to normal, and the process of implementing the agreements with Iran, dated Jan. 19, 1981, is still under way,” Washington Examiner quoted Obama as saying in a letter to lawmakers informing them of his decision. “For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency ... with respect to Iran.”
The Iranian national emergency was first established on Nov. 14, 1979 following the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran by students.
According to Press TV, the state of emergency gives a U.S. president extraordinary powers, including the ability to seize property, summon the National Guard and hire and fire military officers at will.
The state of emergency also forms the basis for most U.S. sanctions against other countries.
Iran and the 5+1 group - the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany - finalized the text of the nuclear deal in Vienna in July 2015. The nuclear agreement went into effect in January 2016.