Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

IRAN DEAL SURVIVES: President Trump Keeps Iran Nuke Deal…For Now

IRAN DEAL SURVIVES: President Trump Keeps Iran Nuke Deal…For Now

Iran's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the Trump administration had "crossed a red line of global behavior" by imposing sanctions against Amoli-Larijani.

He said Iran must allow "immediate inspections at all sites requested by worldwide inspectors" and that provisions preventing Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon must not expire.

Iran's foreign ministry in a statement ruled out any renegotiation of the terms, saying it "will not accept any changes in this agreement now or in the future" nor allow it to be linked to any other issue.

Senior administration officials said this would be the last time Trump would extend the current sanctions waiver unless he can reach a deal with European allies that would put tougher restrictions on Iran, including limits to its ballistic missile program.

"This is a last chance".

A senior U.S. administration official said Friday that Trump wants the Iran deal strengthened with a follow-on agreement in 120 days or the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the global pact.

As Trump agreed to the sanctions relief, US Department of Treasury on Friday said that it has imposed new sanctions on 14 individuals and entities over Iran's alleged human rights abuses and ballistic missile programme, including head of Iran's judiciary and the cyber unit of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.

"We are gradually coming to the conclusion that an internal decision by the u.s. to leave the [deal] has already been made or is close to being made", Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with Interfax news agency on Saturday. "We will not stand by", the senior official stated, "we are targeting the Iranian regime for violating human rights and using censorship" against its' citizens.

To fix what he described "disastrous flaws" in the deal, Trump demanded that Iran be denied "all paths to a nuclear weapon not just for 10 years, but forever", and that Tehran allow "immediate inspections at all sites requested by worldwide inspectors".

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Trump said United States law must tie long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs together, making any missile testing by Iran subject to "severe sanctions".

Iran will never renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal despite the us pressures, Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

For Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Trump's actions are an attempt to unilaterally destroy a multilateral deal, a move Zarif believes is not allowable under worldwide law.

He also deemed the new sanctions as "illogical" and a violation of the nuclear deal, reported Iran's ISNA news agency.

The statement came a day after Trump again continued the USA participation in the accord, but vowed to "withdraw from the deal immediately" if what he described as "flaws" in the agreement aren't fixed.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had earlier said on Twitter that Trump's decision undermined the multilateral agreement.

Trump also wants Congress to impose new strictures on dealing with Iran, including a law that would explicitly tie Iran's missile programs to its nuclear program.

The officials notably did not say that Trump expected the other two nations party to the deal - Russian Federation and China - to join in the revision of the deal. The sanctions, when they are in place, target third parties overseas that deal with Iran and have the effect - because of the reach of the USA dollar - of severely inhibiting trade with Iran.

Since Iran has repeatedly spurned any effort to renegotiate the accord, one alternative suggested by Trump administration officials would be to reach agreement with the European allies to reimpose Western sanctions on Iran if it restarts efforts to develop nuclear weapons after curbs on its activities expire under the nuclear deal.

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