Iran resists U.S. pressure to renegotiate nuclear deal despite Trump's "last waiver"

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shown in this Jan. 11 2018

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".

Implementation of the deal hasn't been derailed, but will face some new complicating factors, said the minister.

Washington also imposed sanctions against 14 Iranian entities and people, including judiciary head Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, a close ally of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

French President Emmanuel Macron called Trump on Thursday and stressed France's determination to see "the strict application of the deal and the importance of all the signatories to respect it".

"I also would like to stress that China is always opposed to the unilateral sanctions imposed by relevant countries [primarily, the United States - TASS] on other countries in accordance with their domestic laws".

Republican Senator Bob Corker said "significant progress" had been made on bipartisan congressional legislation to "address the flaws in the agreement without violating USA commitments". That has put Trump in a tough position, given his opposition to the deal.

Mr Trump extended the waivers of key economic sanctions that were lifted under the agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program.

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.

Trump has repeatedly denounced the nuclear agreement negotiated by his predecessor and in October declined to certify that it's in the interests of the US.


The pact is underpinned on the US side by a presidential waiver of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran's central bank.

If the United States really makes such a move to violate the deal, Iran will show an astonishing reaction, he added.

Russian Federation - one of the parties to the Iran pact alongside the United States, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union - called Trump's comments "extremely negative". She underlined Washington's strong message by saying that America would not tolerate "dangerous and destabilizing behavior" and expected that other nations would join the United States in its efforts.

The president decided Friday to continue waiving - that is, easing - some economic sanctions against Iran.

As a signatory to the worldwide Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has committed to not building nuclear weapons, even after the restrictions on its programme lapse, and it is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Two EU diplomats said EU foreign ministers would discuss next steps at their next regular meeting on January 22 in Brussels. It prevents Iran from developing nuclear weapons while offering sanctions relief to allow it to participate in worldwide commerce and banking.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the Islamic republic will never succumb to pressure of the United States to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal.

Zarif said Washington was already "maliciously violating" three sections of the agreement, including paragraph 26 which requires the USA to "make best efforts in good faith to sustain this JCPOA and to prevent interference with the realisation of the full benefit by Iran of the sanctions lifting".

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