Trump Gives The Iran Deal One Last Lifeline

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

In his lengthy statement, Trump said the US would work with European partners to remove the nuclear deal's so-called "sunset clauses", which allow Iran to gradually resume advanced atomic activity.

Other signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) include the UK, France, Germany, Russia, China and the EU. The Europeans, meanwhile, have said they are willing to discuss the matter with the USA but have shown little enthusiasm with Trump's hard line.

"Trump's policy & today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement", Zarif tweeted after Trump reluctantly agreed to continuing to waive sanctions under the deal, but warned it could be the last time.

Responding to Trump's decision at the time, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Tehran would not cave in to USA pressure.

"This is the last such waiver he will issue", the official said.

"If at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately", he added. Trump wants them to help the US devise a new agreement created to prevent Iran from escalating nuclear activity again next decade, as permitted under the 2015 arrangement reached by President Barack Obama.

While Trump approved the sanctions waiver, the Treasury Department announced new, targeted sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadeq Amoli Larijani, a close ally of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Washington policy hawks hailed Trump's decision, which they said would concentrate minds in Europe, where leaders have urged the U.S. president not to sabotage a deal they see as a landmark diplomatic success.

The landmark 2015 deal curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for the relaxing of punishing sanctions
Trump Gives The Iran Deal One Last Lifeline

On Thursday, the European Union and member states urged Trump not to withdraw form the agreement, with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini saying the deal is "working" and "making the world safer".

Zarif has said Trump's aggressive stance on the deal and Iran generally have also violated the commitment to "refrain from any policy specifically meant to directly and adversely affect the normalisation of trade and economic relations with Iran" under paragraph 29.

But Trump argues that his predecessor Barack Obama gave away too much to Iran in sanctions relief, without forcing the Islamic republic to end its ballistic missile program and support for militant groups.

The president wants Congress to modify a law that reviews USA participation in the nuclear deal to include "trigger points" that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the official said. "It's going to be complicated to save the deal after this", said one European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The other signatories to the deal - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - and the European Union, which oversaw the talks, were watching carefully.

Senior US administration officials told reporters Trump would work with Europeans on a follow-on deal to enshrine triggers that the Iranian government could not exceed related to ballistic missiles. The other parties to the agreement would have been unlikely to join the United States in reimposing sanctions.

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

Had Trump made a decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran, it would have been a violation of the nuclear deal.


Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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