Trump Gives The Iran Deal One Last Lifeline

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

Mousavian said the new sanctions were "superficial" and did not pose a threat to Iran's economy.

President Trump said he was giving Europe and the U.S. "a last chance" to fix "terrible flaws" in the nuclear agreement signed by Iran and six world powers in 2015.

The White House wants a deal with European Union signatories to make restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment permanent.

The White House is insisting Congress comes up with a solution that will allow grant wider inspection rights to global inspectors, and that the current deal - which will expire in 2025 - has no expiration date. He wants a more aggressive approach to Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

"We are also targeting Iran's ballistic missile program and destabilizing activities, which it continues to prioritize over the economic well-being of the Iranian people", he added.

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.

The new sanctions announced Friday focus on Iranian entities involved in the crackdown on recent protests in Iran.

Waiving the big sanctions and slapping on some new small ones is a maneuver we've seen the Trump administration do before, as it deals with its dilemma on the nuclear deal.

The Islamic Republic's foreign ministry said in a statement that it would not "move beyond its commitments" to the existing agreement, to which Trump has extended the USA commitment for another 120 days, Iran's state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Saturday.

Iran's foreign ministry in a statement ruled out any renegotiation of the terms, saying it "will not accept any changes in this agreement now or in the future" nor allow it to be linked to any other issue.

Responding to Trump's harsh stance, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that it was "desperate attempts" to undermine an accord which Iran said was "not renegotiable". Third, he said that "these provisions must have no expiration date", unlike the provisions listed in the nuclear deal. As it stands, Iran is now allowed to enrich uranium to low grades unsuitable for weapons use.

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) didn't like the idea of waiving Iran's nuclear sanctions.

Under the terms of the landmark agreement the United States president must certify the deal every 90 days and pass sanction waivers every 120 days. Trump wants the bans to be permanent. Trump has complained that numerous Iranian restrictions expire next decade and has vacillated between talk of toughening the deal and pulling the USA out entirely.

The President has argued that the deal makes the U.S. look weak but is allegedly willing to waive the sanctions in order to toughen the terms of the agreement.

Continuing to maintain and implement the Iran nuclear deal is the responsibility of all parties concerned, and is the common wish of the global community, said Wang, adding that this will help uphold worldwide non-proliferation regime, maintain regional peace and stability as well as solve other hot issues in the world.

The president called for European allies to strike a deal fixing the terms of the worldwide agreement, which unfroze key Iranian financial assets in exchange for a reduction in its nuclear programs. Work already has begun on this front.

Iran, which has always maintained that its nuclear program is peaceful, signed the deal with the United States, U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany in 2015, allowing for repeated inspections of its nuclear facility in exchange for sanctions relief. Iranian officials have said they are not interested in any renegotiation.

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