Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions 'for last time'

13 January, 2018, 16:50 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions 'for last time'

The waivers were accompanied by other non-nuclear sanctions and a stern warning that Trump will pull out of the deal if the fixes aren't made.

And while Trump approved a sanctions waiver, he also chose to impose new, targeted sanctions on Iran, the person said.

Iran, too, has been abundantly clear that it will not renegotiate the deal.

The ministry has once again reiterated the country's position on the issue, opposing the U.S. move concerning the Iran nuclear deal. Under the current deal they are set to expire in 2025. Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: "either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw", read a statement.

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

"The proper implementation of the agreement should be accompanied by a strengthened dialogue with Iran on its ballistic program and its regional policy, in order to guarantee better stability in the Middle East", the French presidency said in a statement on the call.

Trump said this is the last chance, and in the absence of an agreement, the United States would not remain a party to the deal.

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He did not set a deadline, but under USA law the president is required to waive sanctions every four months.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday it was a "desperate attempt" to undermine a "solid" deal.

The Trump administration has accused Iran of fomenting instability and violence across the Mideast, and the president's decision gives the White House and Congress more time to forge legislation punishing the country for that behavior without directly ending the nuclear accord that Iran reached with the USA and five other world powers.

The Trump administration asked Congress then to come up with and pass a companion agreement that addresses those issues.

Trump has directed the Treasury Department to slap targeted sanctions on 14 Iranian individuals and entities for a range of actions, including human rights abuses during recent protests there and censorship of the Iranian people. Those changes include adding "triggers", such as inspections of Iranian facilities, and removing "sunset clauses" that allow Iran to enrich uranium and more. But he is not proposing "direct talks" with the Iranian government, the official said. If Iran does not comply with any of these provisions, American nuclear sanctions would automatically resume.

Trump and his top advisers have been negotiating with United States lawmakers on Capitol Hill to try to change sanctions legislation so that he does not face a deadline on whether to recertify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal every 90 days.

Trump received a formal recommendation from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster on Thursday, officials said.

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