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

Trump Keeps US in Iran Nuclear Deal for 3rd Time

Trump Keeps US in Iran Nuclear Deal for 3rd Time

President Trump is re-certifying the Iranian nuclear deal Friday for another 120 days but warned it's the last time, as the us seeks a tougher agreement against Tehran with European allies, and the administration slapped Iran with fresh sanctions.

Senior Trump administration officials briefed reporters on Friday to say the president will work with European partners to broker an agreement limiting Iran's ballistic missiles activities.Mr Trump is prepared to back a modification to the existing deal if it was made permanent, one official said.

A senior administration official said Trump wants the 2015 Iran deal strengthened with a follow-on agreement in 120 days or the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the worldwide pact.

Under the hard-won 2015 deal with Russian Federation, the US, China, France, Britain, Germany and the EU, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for lifting of a raft of worldwide sanctions.

Part of the nuclear deal was that the USA would waive the sanctions, which are part of the relief Iran gets in exchange for destroying much of its nuclear equipment and allowing inspections.

"In the absence of such an agreement, the USA will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal." he said.

At the same time, Trump's administration said the United States would impose other new, targeted sanctions on 14 persons and entities not directly tied to the nuclear accord.

Zarif responded on Twitter that the deal was not renegotiable and that Trump's stance "amounts to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement".

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Instead of repeating the same "stale" statements, the U.S. should commit fully to the deal, just like Iran, added Zarif.

"The U.S. government, like other parties to the deal, is obliged to fulfill all its obligations, and if it fails to comply with its obligations under false pretexts, it should be fully held accountable for the consequences", the foreign ministry said in its statement.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a strongly-worded statement on Saturday insisting that Tehran "will not accept any changes to the JCPOA neither now nor in the future". The Treasury Department placed sanctions on the head of the Iranian judiciary and a notorious prison.

European leaders on Thursday encouraged U.S. President Donald Trump not to dismiss the Iran nuclear deal, but instead show that there is a better alternative.

The parliamentarian went on to say that if the U.S. really makes such a move (violating the key provision), Iran will show a reaction that would astound not only the U.S. but the entire world.

President Trump has called it the "worst deal ever", accusing Tehran of breaching the terms and threatening to reimpose those sanctions.

"The president will also make clear that this is the last such waiver he will issue". He wants a more aggressive approach to Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

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