IRAN DEAL SURVIVES: President Trump Keeps Iran Nuke Deal…For Now

ATTA KENARE

President Trump is expected to agree this week to continue granting Iran a reprieve from sanctions over its nuclear program, while again signaling his displeasure with the global nuclear deal that lifted the penalties, US and European officials, congressional aides and others said.

Iran on Saturday rejected any modification of its nuclear deal with world powers after US President Donald Trump demanded tough new measures to keep the agreement alive.

The president decided Friday to continue waiving - that is, easing - some economic sanctions against Iran. Those changes include adding "triggers", such as inspections of Iranian facilities, and removing "sunset clauses" that allow Iran to enrich uranium and more.

Iran has said that a decision by the United States, to impose sanctions on the head of its judiciary "crossed a red line", and has vowed to retaliate.

"Iran is prepared for the worst-case scenario concerning the nuclear deal, internationally known as JCPOA", Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iranian deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

The Treasury Department also announced on Friday that sanctions would be leveled against 14 individuals and entities in Iran that are connected to "serious human rights abuses and censorship in Iran" as well as Iran's missile program. However, Trump apparently warned it would not happen again.

"Iran's response will be severe and all consequences of this hostile act will be the responsibility of the United States", it said.


A senior administration official said Mr Trump wants the 2015 Iran deal strengthened with a follow-on agreement before the 120 days are up, or the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the global pact. This is a last chance. Trump has called the accord the "worst deal ever", but he's declined to scrap it while Congress prepares legislation to modify the agreement and his administration marshals global support to increase pressure on Iran.

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

"No one should doubt my word".

America's allies see the accord as the best way to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions and a victory for multilateral diplomacy. I will also follow through on this pledge.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made a decision to once again waive sanctions on Iran, allowing the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic to survive, for now.

That decision came despite the United Nations having certified Iran's compliance with the deal eight times.

"As a first step, we will coordinate with the E3 and the other EU Member States to jointly assess the statement and its implications." said Catherine Ray, Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

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