Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

US Likely Took Course to Demolish Iran Nuclear Deal - Russia's Deputy FM

US Likely Took Course to Demolish Iran Nuclear Deal - Russia's Deputy FM

On Saturday, the spokesman for the Iranian parliament's presiding board, Behrouz Nemati, said that the JCPOA is an global agreement that neither the United States nor any other powers can violate unilaterally, according to Tasnim news agency.

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.

Iran vowed on Saturday that it will retaliate against US President Donald Trump's decision to slap its judiciary head with sanctions.

In a background briefing, senior administration officials said this is Trump's "waiver" on Iran.

"In response to a question about Trump's threats to rip JCPOA, Araghchi told Iranian State TV on Sat." for a year since Mr. Trump came to power, he has extended the waivers and this shows his attempts have failed one after another".

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker has been working on amending a USA law to include "trigger points" that if crossed by Iran would automatically bring back US sanctions.

In announcing that he was again waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, Trump said this action was being taken "only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the awful flaws of the Iran nuclear deal".

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Trump, he said, would agree to stay in the JCPOA if the agreement would "never expire" and would not entail direct negotiations with Iran, but only with the European partners only, all of which on Thursday stated their support for the JCPOA in meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Brussels.

The British and German foreign ministries said they had taken note of the decision and would confer with France before deciding on a course of action. JCPOA is not renegotiable: "rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, United States must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran". "We are cutting off the regime's money flows to terrorists", the president said in the statement. There are about 400 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors in Iran, and they indicate Iran is complying with the deal.

Meanwhile an Iranian politician said Iran "will not mourn" if the U.S. pulls out of the nuclear deal.

In his lengthy statement, Trump said the US would work with European partners to remove the nuclear deal's so-called "sunset clauses", which allow Iran to gradually resume advanced atomic activity.

Mr Trump has strongly criticised the deal, which was reached during Barack Obama's presidency and helped end a long crisis.

The President wants Congress to modify a law that reviews U.S. participation in the nuclear deal to include "trigger points" that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the official said.

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