(BBC News) Donald Trump’s White House has renewed sanctions relief for Iran, despite the US president’s past criticism.

The easing of sanctions is part of a crucial nuclear deal brokered in 2015 under then-President Barack Obama with five other world powers.

Mr Trump has described the landmark agreement as the “worst deal ever”.

However, the US Treasury issued fresh sanctions against specific officials and a Chinese business with links to Iran’s missile programme.

The move means that sanctions preventing any US companies selling to or dealing with Iran will remain suspended for the time being.

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