Trump Gives The Iran Deal One Last Lifeline

In tune Boris Johnson
and Mohammad Javad
Zarif in Brussels

Tehran on January 13 rejected the notion of any modification of the 2015 nuclear accord, which requires Iran to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

The Treasury Department also announced 14 new sanctions designations on Iran, including against entities in its aviation sector, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps cyber units and the head of Iran's judiciary.

In particular, Iran said the placing of judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani on the sanctions list "crossed all red lines of conduct in the worldwide community. and the government of the United States will bear responsibility for all the consequences of this hostile move".

"This is a last chance", he added.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani says U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration have "failed to undermine" Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers and has praised the agreement as a "long-lasting victory" for Iran. At that time, Trump had said the deal would be "terminated" if an agreement wasn't reached.

There are few Obama-era iniatitives that President Trump has denounced as vociferously as the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) addresses anchor Charlie Rose, at an event held in conjunction with the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 27, 2017.

"This could be one of Washington's big foreign policy mistakes, a big miscalculation in American policy", he said.


In case the decision is implemented, it will "affect greatly the worldwide situation, the regional affairs, and will affect the system of multilateral agreements and further strengthening of the global regime of non-proliferation", the deputy foreign minister said.

During his speech this past fall at the United Nations General Assembly, Trump accused Iran of funding terrorists and creating a risky missile arsenal.

However, the US imposed fresh sanctions on 14 individuals and entities over alleged human rights abuses.

Trump demanded a follow-on agreement with European partners as well as an amendment to U.S. law linked to the Iran nuclear deal, senior administration officials said on Friday. You have had this outbreak of anti-government protests. French President Emmanuel Macron stressed to Trump in a telephone call on Thursday the importance of abiding by the deal.

But the official said the White House also wants Congress and European allies to take sterner action before the next deadline for extending the deal. "It's going to be complicated to save the deal after this", said one European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

President Trump said the USA will uphold the Iran nuclear deal.

"I do want to stress also that this would not entail direct negotiations with the Iranians, this would be something the United States works out with our European partners only", the official added.

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