January 20, 2018

Trump renews Iran nuclear deal, warns it's the last time

14 January 2018, 01:01 | Taylor George

Trump renews Iran nuclear deal, warns it's the last time

Trump renews Iran nuclear deal, warns it's the last time

The ex-nuclear negotiator also highlighted the role European countries played to preserve the JCPOA, saying they have strongly defended the deal, since they see it as one of their diplomatic successes.

In turn, Iran would be allowed to lift all nuclear- related economical sanctions, freeing up tens of billions of dollars in oil revenue and frozen assets.

The US administration added 14 new individuals and entities to the sanctions list whom it accuses of human rights abuses and censorship. Officials, congressional aides and outside administration advisers said the president would likely extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in amending USA legislation that governs Washington's participation in the accord.

Trump will work with European partners on a follow-on agreement that enshrines certain triggers that the Iranian government can not exceed related to ballistic missiles, said a senior administration officials who briefed reporters on the decision.

On Friday, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter Mr Trump's decision undermined the multilateral agreement. Reimposing sanctions would mean violating the Iran nuclear deal on the United States side.

The new terms Trump seeks with the European countries appear similar to actions he asked Congress to take three months ago but that Congress has not acted on. The Treasury Department placed sanctions on the head of the Iranian judiciary and a notorious prison. Rajaee Shahr Prison and its director, Gholamreza Ziaei, also were included on the sanctions list.

The EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini added that the worldwide community must also be united in preserving the deal, which she said helped make the world a safer place and prevent a nuclear arms race in the region.

Trump had faced a Friday deadline to decide on whether to waive the sanctions.

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Trump had waived the sanctions on Friday to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the "terrible flaws" of the deal.

Some of those deadlines came up this week. 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 received a formal recommendation from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster on Thursday, officials said.

Hardliners on Iran in the US Congress have called for the reimposition of the suspended sanctions and an end to the nuclear deal, while some liberal Democrats want to pass legislation that would make it harder for Trump to pull Washington out without congressional consent. "First, it must demand that Iran allow immediate inspections at all sites requested by worldwide inspectors".

If Trump's fixes aren't met within 120 days, the White House signaled that the deal would be nixed altogether.

Mr Trump has repeatedly criticised the deal - reached under his predecessor Barack Obama - as "the worst ever".

U.S. allies including the United Kingdom and France have repeatedly defended the agreement and said Iran continues to comply with the accord and they, too, intend to do so.

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