Iran rejects Trump's call for changes to nuclear deal

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

US President Donald Trump says he is extending sanctions relief for Iran one last time so Europe and the US can fix the nuclear deal's "terrible flaws", according to a BBC News report.

In October, Trump said that he would not certify the deal, a dramatic but largely ceremonial gesture that he is expected to repeat this week.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made a decision to once again waive sanctions on Iran, allowing the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic to survive, for now. Trump will also demand Iran allow easier and more immediate access to global inspections of its nuclear sites.

The action is the third time Mr Trump has given a reprieve to the agreement negotiated by the Obama administration, even though he has called it "the worst deal ever". USA and other officials have complained that Iran's ballistic-missile program can easily be converted for nuclear use.

"This is a last chance", he added.

The US president is required to renew the existing deal every 120 days under American law.

"One of the things that should be noted, and it's often overlooked, is that the sanctions that were imposed on Iran's ballistic missile programs are still in place", he says.

And while Trump approved a sanctions waiver, he also chose to impose new, targeted sanctions on Iran, the person said. Other sanctions target suppliers of Iran's military and Iran's cybersecurity sector, which the administration officials said plays a central role in censorship in Iran.

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.

His ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans - key backers and parties to the 2015 worldwide agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program - to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days.

The ministry has once again reiterated the country's position on the issue, opposing the U.S. move concerning the Iran nuclear deal.

The European Union, however, said that it is committed to the "continued full and effective implementation" of the agreement.

The decision comes as Iran's government deals with protests over economic hardships and corruption that are linked to frustration among younger Iranians who hoped to see more benefits from the lifting of sanctions.

"I don't think anybody has so far produced a better alternative", said the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson.

An Iranian politician said that it "will not mourn" if the US pulls out of the nuclear deal.

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