Moscow: Trump would make 'big mistake' by leaving Iran deal

Moscow: Trump would make 'big mistake' by leaving Iran deal

Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the "terrible flaws" of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Trump will reportedly point to Iran's ballistic missile testing, human rights violations and alleged support for terrorism as justification for the new sanctions.

The solidity of Iran and global support for the agreement have blocked attempts by Trump and Israel to terminate this agreement or make changes to it, said the statement.

"In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded on Twitter that the deal was not renegotiable and that Trump's stance "amounts to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement".

Trump has previously described the nuclear agreement as "the worst deal ever negotiated", even though Iran has been repeatedly found to be in full compliance.

"Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".


Trump made the threat Friday as he extended waivers of key economic sanctions on Iran, keeping the accord alive at least for now.

Iran has said it's not interested in any renegotiation and would nearly certainly view a side agreement between the US and Europe as a violation of the deal. These penalties largely cut Iran out of the worldwide financial system, until they were suspended by Obama under the nuclear deal. "No one should doubt my word".

Trump had threatened in October to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal unless its defects were corrected, either through negotiations with other signatories of the pact or unilaterally by the US Congress.

Washington is expected to impose fresh penalties against Russian Federation as soon as early February for its alleged meddling in the 2016 United States presidential vote.

The most prominent new name on the Treasury sanctions blacklist, which forbids Americans from doing business with the targets, is the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani.

The British and German foreign ministries said they had taken note of the decision and would confer with France before deciding on a course of action.

The US Congress requires the president to decide periodically whether to certify Iran's compliance with the deal and issue a waiver to allow US sanctions to remain suspended. "It also will not allow the JCPOA to be linked to any other issue", it said.

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