Iran to Trump: No Changes to Nuclear Deal

Iran to Trump: No Changes to Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump gave the Iran nuclear deal a final reprieve on Friday but warned European allies and Congress they had to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the pact or face a USA exit.

Trump, who previously stressed that he could cancel United States participation in the nuclear deal "at any time", to re-certify Iran's compliance with the deal in October.

The U.S. President Donald Trump once again had to extend waivers that are mandatory under the deal reached between Iran and world powers, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Hard-liners on Iran in the U.S. 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. "We have been under U.S. sanctions for the last 40 years", said Farshad Alyan, a 26-year-old law student.

"Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal".

It accused Mr Trump of "continuing to take hostile measures against the Iranian people and repeating the threats that have failed many times".

In reply, Zarif took to Twitter on Friday to condemn Trump's reluctant announcement on the nuclear sanctions waiver, saying, "Trump's policy & today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement, maliciously violating its paras 26, 28 & 29".

The top Iranian diplomat said the world has over the past centuries been characterized by a paradigm based on power and zero-sum games, "which has had no result for the people of the world but loss, violence, conflict, and killings".


French President Emmanuel Macron phoned Mr Trump on Thursday to call for "the strict application of the deal and the importance of all the signatories to respect it". "It also will not allow the JCPOA to be linked to any other issue", it said.

The Treasury Department's action hits 14 Iranian officials and companies and businessmen from Iran, China and Malaysia, freezing any assets they have in the USA and banning Americans from doing business with them.

The nuclear deal, formally known as the JCPOA, has eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran halting uranium enrichment.

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

"If at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately", he said.

"Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the bad flaws of the Iran nuclear deal", Trump said in a statement issued Friday. "No one should doubt my word".

Rubio issued a statement recommending that Trump should "impose new sanctions against elements of the Iranian government, including the Central Bank of Iran and other Iranian banks, that are involved in or facilitating the regime's human rights abuses against Iranian protesters, its ballistic missile program, or its support for terrorism".

The decision had been expected since earlier this week. "But the clear reluctance with which he has issued the sanctions waivers will continue to weigh on the business community", said Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, founder of the Europe-Iran Forum, a business network.

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