Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump renews Iran nuclear deal, warns it's the last time

Trump renews Iran nuclear deal, warns it's the last time

These restrictions were levied because of Iran's human rights violations, support of terrorism, and pursuit of a ballistic missile program.

Trump formally rejected the deal in October, although the United States has not yet pulled out.

The United States meant to work with its European partners on a follow-on agreement which enshrines certain "triggers" that Iran can not exceed related to ballistic missiles and inspections, said senior Trump administration officials on Friday while briefing reporters about Trump's decision. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately, Trump warned, adding that no one should doubt his words.

"This is a last chance".

Trump will next have to deal with these decisions in mid-May.

Diplomacy Works, a pressure group set up by former secretary of state John Kerry to defend the deal, was scathing.

In a tweet following Trump's harsh stance, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday that it was a "desperate attempt" to undermine an accord which Iran insisted was "not renegotiable".

In a statement later Friday Trump said those who do not work with him to amend the deal are effectively siding with Iran. He turned a blind eye as Iran built and tested risky missiles and exported terror.

"We are also supporting the courageous Iranian citizens who are demanding change from a corrupt regime that wastes the Iranian people's money on weapons systems at home and terrorism overseas", Trump said.

President Trump is not pulling the USA out of a deal that it and other world powers made with Iran to limit Iran's nuclear program, at least not yet. Compliance has been verified repeatedly by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency.

US President Donald Trump will continue sanctions relief for Iran, keeping the 2015 landmark nuclear deal in place for the time being.

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This would not entail negotiations with Iran but would be the result of talks with European allies, the official said. Washington also imposed sanctions on the head of Iran's judiciary and others.

"The sanctions Trump had to waive Friday dealt with Iran's central bank". Iran insists its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes.

"I hereby call on key European countries to join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal, countering Iranian aggression, and supporting the Iranian people", Trump said in the statement.

USA officials say the president will work with European partners to try to broker an agreement limiting Iran's ballistic missiles activities.

All parties to the accord would have to agree to any changes.

Mr. Trump on Friday extended the waivers of key economic sanctions that were lifted under the agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program.

The agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, restricted Iran's controversial nuclear program in exchange for broad relief from global sanctions. Sometimes called "sunset provisions", many of them lapse in 10 to 15 years.

Rep. Eliot Engel of NY, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the demands are unattainable.

In response, Russian Federation described Trump's comments as "extremely unhelpful" as said it would work hard to keep the agreement alive.

Under JCPOA, the USA relaxed a ban on imports of Iranian luxury goods, such as carpets and caviar, but most US restrictions on trade with and investment with Iran remain in place, according to the CRS report. Widespread protests in Iran over the last few weeks have focused on the country's faltering economy, however, as well as high unemployment and government corruption.

The entities sanctioned include Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace and its subsidiary, the National Cyberspace Center, which police the Internet, restricting access to websites that challenge the regime. What they did today was they added 14 individuals and entities to a couple different blacklists. He is the brother of the speaker of the Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani, the officials said.

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