Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

United States to decide on Iran sanctions waivers on Friday

United States to decide on Iran sanctions waivers on Friday

The European Union and the foreign ministers of Britain, Germany and France will unite to defend the accord, which curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for the relaxing of punishing sanctions but which US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticised and threatened to leave.

However, over the past year, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has imposed new sanctions against a number of Iranian and global entities which have, allegedly, had links with Iran's developing pace of missile program.

"It is vital that we continue to work with our European partners to preserve the Iran deal, and with it the security and prosperity it is bringing to the people of Iran and the world", he said.

Iran, which on Monday warned the world to get ready for Washington abandoning the deal, has said if the United States walks away from the agreement it is ready to give an "appropriate and heavy response".

"The protesters in Iran are expressing legitimate grievances, including demanding an end to their government's oppression, corruption, and waste of national resources on military adventures", the statement read.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the deal is "a crucial agreement that makes the world safer".

European allies have warned of a split with the US over the nuclear agreement and say if Washington reimposes sanctions on Iran, the pact could fall apart.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran for Moscow on Wednesday to hold consultations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on various issues especially the JCPOA.

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Trump's October decision not to certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal has put Washington at odds with all other signatories of the accord - Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the EU.

"The United States must understand the unity of the global community over the nuclear deal and change their position as a result", Zarif said, urging world powers to "resist the hostile actions" of the Trump administration.

He accused Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the nuclear agreement even though the International Atomic Energy Agency says Tehran is in fact in compliance.

The Thursday meeting in Brussels is part of diplomacy on both sides of the Atlantic before deadlines related to the deal falling this month, including deciding whether to reimpose oil sanctions lifted under the deal.

"You either waive the sanctions or you don't and if you don't you're in breach of the JCPOA", the official said.

"None of USA allies in the region give the same rights to their people and interestingly neither United States government nor U.S. congress are anxious about lack of democracy in these countries", said the Iranian top diplomat referring to Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain which are ruled by monarchs with no parliament and election in their political system.

The trigger points would address strengthening nuclear inspections, Iran's ballistic missile program and eliminate the deal's "sunset clauses" under which some of the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program expire over time.

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