Trump issues ultimatum to fix Iran nuclear deal

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The new deal - which Trump envisions as being outlined in U.S. law and involving Britain, France and Germany - would impose tougher controls on Iran if sanctions relief is to continue.

Washington is expected to impose fresh penalties against Russian Federation as soon as early February for its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote. The current one expires after a decade.

Representative Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat, also criticized Trump's approach in a statement, saying that "the wrong approach is to bully countries with arbitrary and unenforceable deadlines".

Iran has vowed to fight back against sanctions imposed on its judiciary head by the United States, as President Donald Trump steps up efforts to "fix" a nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal was struck between the U.S., under the administration of former President Barack Obama, Iran and five other countries.

He said the nuclear deal is "not renegotiable and rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, the United States must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran".

"We agree on this approach, we want to protect (the deal) against every possible decision that might undermine it", Germany's Sigmar Gabriel said alongside his French and British counterparts and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after meeting Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Trump alleged that Iranian regime is the world s leading state sponsor of terror and enables Hezbollah, Hamas, and many other terrorists to sow chaos and kill innocent people.

The landmark 2015 deal curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for the relaxing of punishing sanctions
Trump issues ultimatum to fix Iran nuclear deal

The officials said Trump expected America's European allies who are also parties to the 2015 accord, which swapped sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran's nuclear program, to join with him in reworking the deal.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif by phone that implementation of the deal had not been "derailed" but would face "some new complicating factors", the state news agency Xinhua reported.

In return, decades of worldwide and U.S. nuclear-related sanctions were suspended. But his explicit warning to Europe that the deal must be fixed by the time the next sanctions waivers are due in the spring creates a high-stakes diplomatic deadline that will be hard to meet. Trump has repeatedly criticized the accord, while Iran has accused the USA of failing to comply with it.

It said it would also like Congress to amend the legislation that gives lawmakers the authority to slap sanctions on Iran if it decides Tehran is in violation of the nuclear agreement, outlining "trigger points" instead that set off automatic sanctions.

The prospect of a USA withdrawal from the Iran deal "will deliver a very serious blow to the whole system of global agreements and to the enhancing of the nuclear nonproliferation regime", he added. Others were linked to support for the country's ballistic missile program.

"We are gradually coming to the conclusion that an internal decision by the USA to leave the [deal] has already been made or is close to being made", Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with Interfax news agency on Saturday.

"In 2015, the Obama administration foolishly traded away strong multilateral sanctions to get its weak nuclear deal", the President said.


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