Iran: Nuclear Deal Not Renegotiable

Iran: Nuclear Deal Not Renegotiable

"Fourth, the legislation must explicitly state in United States law, for the first time, that long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs are inseparable, and that Iran's development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions", the President said.

While the US and other world powers rolled back economic restrictions on Tehran, the Iranians severely curtailed their enrichment of uranium and other nuclear activity.

However, 14 Iranian individuals and entities have newly sanctioned the key, including Iran's judiciary head, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani.

"This is the last chance", Donald Trump said in a statement, as Efe quoted.

"Trump's policy & today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement, maliciously violating its paras 26, 28 & 29", Zarif said Friday on Twitter.

Trump also is slapping targeted sanctions on some Iranian officials, but has opted against applying the kind of harsh sanctions that would blow up the nuclear accord, administration officials told reporters Friday afternoon on a conference call that, due to "technical difficulties", did not feature reporters' questions.

Rejecting the allegations that the Europeans did not support Trump's administration because of their economic interests, the deputy foreign minister said "it would be a big mistake to think that Europeans did that for their economic interests". Its framework includes stipulations that Iran would redesign, convert and reduce its number of nuclear facilities in order to lift nuclear-related economical sanctions, which would reportedly free up billions of dollars in oil revenue and frozen assets for Iran.

Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against the new sanctions, although it did not specify how.

The official added that President Trump intends to "work with our European partners on some kind of follow-on agreement that enshrines certain triggers that the Iranian regime can not exceed related to ballistic missiles, related to nuclear breakout period that holds them to one year or less, would hold them to inspections and would have no sunset clause".


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.

The Trump administration's sanctions also are intended at hindering Iran's ballistic missile program and other alleged "illicit activities". "All of those steps can be taken outside of the nuclear deal, but if we cannot achieve worldwide consensus on them, then it will become even clearer that the nuclear deal is an impediment to peace", Haley said.

The President wants Congress to modify a law that reviews USA participation in the nuclear deal to include "trigger points" that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the official said. The three European nations that are party to the deal, France, Germany and Britain, have said that they do not want to reopen the deal unless all parties are agreed.

The EU said in a statemen t on Friday that it had taken note of Trump's decision and would assess its implications.

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, tweeted Friday that the United States "must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran", in reference to the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran and world powers, including Russian Federation.

Russia, which is also a signatory to the JCPOA, said on Saturday the United States would be making a grave mistake by pulling out of Iran's nuclear deal and underlined Moscow's determination to keep the landmark accord intact.

"In what we heard yesterday, I don't see any invitation for Iran to enter dialogue", he said.

Mr Trump has strongly criticised the deal, which was reached during Barack Obama's presidency and helped end a long crisis. In October, Trump decertified the nuclear deal under US law, saying the sanctions relief was disproportionate to Iran's nuclear concessions, and describing the arrangement as contrary to America's national security interests.

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