Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump to keep Iran nuclear deal alive for now

Trump to keep Iran nuclear deal alive for now

U.S. President Donald Trump waived sanctions lifted under the Iran nuclear deal, Friday, but added additional sanctions on Tehran. Tehran has accused Washington of having "crossed all behavioral red lines of the global community", by targeting judiciary chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani.

Russian Federation - one of the parties to the Iran pact alongside the United States, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union - called Trump's comments "extremely negative". The European countries which signed on, including the U.K., France, and Germany urged the US to stay in on Thursday, claiming that Iran has been holding up its side of the bargain since the deal was signed.

On Friday, Trump also approved new sanctions against Iranian officials and organizations, including Sadeq Larijani, the head of Iran's judiciary, and 13 other entities including the cyber unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

It did not specify what any retaliation might involve.

The president charged that Iran has gotten "far too much in exchange for far too little", and threatened not to renew the waivers when the next approval period comes. But it has said it would "shred" the deal if Washington quit.

Trump is also seeking for a follow-on agreement with the European allies that will eliminate the "sunset" clauses in the current agreement, said senior Trump administration officials who briefed reporters on the decision on Friday afternoon.

Aides said the President will waive sanctions for the final time, Reuters reported, pointing out that if the deal is not strengthened with a follow-up agreement in 120 days, the U.S.

"Trump's policy & today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement, maliciously violating its paras 26, 28 & 29". "Our worst fears are being confirmed", he said.

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Trump said:"This is a last chance".

Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, described Mr Trump's comments as "extremely negative".

Iran argues that continued United States sanctions on non-nuclear areas such as human rights and missile testing have effectively barred Iran from gaining numerous financial benefits expected from the deal.

Trump laid out conditions to keep Washington in the deal.

The Germany foreign office tweeted that it, too, is taking time to coordinate with its European partners on how to respond, but remains committed to the Iran nuclear deal.

"If the president can get that agreement that meets his objective and it never expires, it denies Iran all paths to nuclear weapons forever, not for ten years, he would be open to remaining in such a modified deal", the official said. He wants to require more robust inspections of nuclear facilities.

Trump, who has vowed to scrap the pact, was expected to give the US Congress and European allies a deadline for improving it, the person said. If other nations fail to act during this time, I will terminate our deal with Iran.

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