Will retaliate against new sanctions imposed by US: Iran

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Trump now will work with European partners on a follow-on agreement that enshrines certain triggers that the Iranian regime can not exceed related to ballistic missiles, said senior administration officials who briefed reporters on the decision.

The nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers - the US, UK, Russia, France, China, and Germany calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.

President Donald Trump waived nuclear sanctions against Iran for what the White House said was the final time under the current deal.

"We have noted today's United States announcement on the Iranian JCPOA nuclear deal", the spokeswoman said in a statement.

Iran has vowed to fight back against sanctions imposed on its judiciary head by the USA, as President Donald Trump steps up efforts to "fix" a nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers. I hereby call on key European countries to join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal, countering Iranian aggression and supporting the Iranian people.

The announcement came as the US Treasury imposed sanctions on 14 Iranian individuals and companies, including the head of Iran's judiciary, over alleged human rights abuses.

Other Iranian officials repeated warnings that the country could return to uranium enrichment at a far greater level than before the deal was concluded.

Notably absent from the entities was Iran's Central Bank.

Trump had lengthy discussions on Thursday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security adviser HR McMaster and others about the deal, which was reached during the presidency of Democrat Barack Obama.

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal was struck between the USA, under the administration of former President Barack Obama, Iran and five other countries. Also on Friday, the United States imposed separate sanctions on a dozen Iranian individuals and Iranian entities.

Nikki Haley, the U.S.'s United Nations envoy lauded Trump's decision, saying that if Washington can not achieve Trump's aims "it will become even clearer that the nuclear deal is an impediment to peace".

The changes Trump has demanded include immediate inspections at all sites requested by the International Atomic Energy Agency; ensuring that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon; automatic resumption of U.S. sanctions if Iran does not comply and Iran's development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions.

If Trump had not signed those waivers, sanctions would automatically be reinstated, putting the U.S. in contravention of the deal's terms and likely spelling the end of the 2015 pact.

He said Iran must allow "immediate inspections at all sites requested by global inspectors" and that provisions preventing Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon must not expire. "It is delivering on its main goal which means keeping the Iranian nuclear programme in check and under close surveillance", Mogherini said, adding that the International Atomic Energy Agency had shown in nine reports that Iran is meeting its commitments.

During his presidential campaign and into his term of office, Trump has said he opposes the deal, claiming that Tehran has violated the "spirit" of the accord.

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

The president revoked a 2013 executive order that punished companies that do business with Iran's automotive sector, expanded penalties on sales of precious metals to Iran, and prohibited regional banks that conduct business in the Iranian currency from holding US bank accounts.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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