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Trump Administration Says Iran Is Complying With Nuclear Deal

The U.S. government says it is certifying once again that Iran has complied with the 2015 nuclear deal, an agreement that President Donald Trump has called "the worst deal ever negotiated."

Senior administration officials said Monday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will advise Congress that Iran has met the conditions of the nuclear deal, based on information the United States currently has available.

Under U.S. law, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days of Iran's compliance with the 2015 deal.

A senior administration official said that while Iran is technically meeting the terms of the agreement, it is "unquestionably in default of the spirit of the agreement," added that the Trump administration is working with its allies to more strictly enforce the deal going forward.

The senior official, speaking on background, said the White House believes Iran remains one of the most dangerous governments, and cited as evidence Tehran's support for terrorism, continuing hostility to Israel, cyberattacks against the United States and numerous human-rights abuses.

"These activities seriously undermine the intent of the agreement," the official said.

Another senior administration official said the Trump administration is working to address flaws in the agreement, of "which there are many," and criticized enforcement of the deal by the administration of former President Barack Obama.

White House officials emphasized that the administration's stance toward the nuclear deal remains under review.

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UN Envoy for Iraq Warns Against 'Collective Punishment' for IS Families

The United Nations envoy for Iraq says he is concerned about the rise of revenge attacks in Mosul against civilians believed to be linked to Islamic State militants following the liberation of the city.

Jan Kubis told the U.N. Security Council Monday that there is a "rising popular sentiment in favor of collective punishment of families perceived to be associated" with IS.

He said Iraqis who are seen as having ties to the militants are increasingly being subjected to "evictions, confiscations of homes, and other retribution and revenge measures."

Kubis urged Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to take "urgent steps" to stop the attacks, saying that actions taken against civilians without sufficient evidence violate Iraq's constitution and obligations under international law.

He said all evidence of crimes committed by Islamic State militants must be preserved to support possible prosecutions.

The envoy also warned the Security Council that the future in Mosul is "extremely challenging" and said the government will need to do a lot of work to turn its military victory in the city into stability. He stressed that securing the rule of law and promoting development will be essential.