Iran nuclear deal set for reprieve as Trump prepares to extend waivers

Iran nuclear deal set for reprieve as Trump prepares to extend waivers

Iranian officials have said they are not interested in any renegotiation.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly preview the decision.

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, USA and European officials, congressional aides and others said.

It has also said it will stick to the accord as long as the other signatories respect it, but will "shred" the deal if Washington pulls out. As it stands, Iran is now allowed to enrich uranium to low grades unsuitable for weapons use.

Raj Bhala, an worldwide trade law expert who has studied sanctions, can discuss the announcement, its effects, the nuclear deal, Iran, the country's economy, economic protests in Iran, the U.S. -Iran relationship and related topics.

China will continue playing a constructive role in maintaining and implementing the Iran nuclear deal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday. I said I would not certify the nuclear deal-and I did not.

"The U.S. government, like other parties to the deal, is obliged to fulfill all its obligations, and if it fails to comply with its obligations under false pretexts, it should be fully held accountable for the consequences", the foreign ministry said in its statement.

"The EU remains committed to the full and effective implementation of the agreement, including to make sure that the lifting of the nuclear-related sanctions has a positive impact on trade and economic relations with Iran, including benefits for the Iranian people", Federica Mogherini told a press conference in Brussels. But, oddly, particularly for the Europeans, the unrest in Iran is an even stronger reason for sticking with the deal.


The waiver he will sign suspends USA sanctions on Iran for 120 more days.

A senior administration official said Trump wants the 2015 Iran deal strengthened with a follow-on agreement in 120 days or the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the global pact.

He also ordered 14 separate sanctions to punish Iran over its human rights abuses, including in response to recent protests.

Trump had privately chafed at having to once again waive sanctions on a country he sees as a rising threat in the Middle East. The enormous financial windfall the Iranian regime received because of the deal - access to more than $100 billion, including $1.8 billion in cash - has not been used to better the lives of the Iranian people. Had he sanctioned the bank, there was speculation that Iran would view the deal as effectively abrogated. But Trump's refusal to certify the deal to Congress did not pull the US out of the deal itself.

Trump must decide by mid-January whether to continue waiving U.S. sanctions on Iran's oil exports under the terms of the pact.

It marked the third time the president has extended the deal despite a campaign promise to rip up what he has called "the worst deal ever".

"The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses clearly that it will not take any measures beyond its commitment to the [2015 deal], nor will it accept changes to this agreement now or any time in the future".

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