Trump Holds Back on Iran Sanctions

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

Trump faced a Friday deadline to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran the U.S suspended as part of a 2015 nuclear agreement negotiated with Tehran by the Obama administration and five other nations.

"The president will also make clear that this is the last such waiver he will issue".

President Donald Trump gave European partners an ultimatum Friday to fix "significant flaws" in an Iranian nuclear agreement, or he will withdraw the United States from the deal in a few months' time. This official said sanctions against 14 more Iranian individuals and entities for matters unrelated to the nuclear deal are forthcoming.

Trump's waiver announcement also included harsh criticism of Iran's response to recent protests against the Islamic Republic's leadership.

In particular, placing judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani on the sanctions list "crossed all red lines of conduct in the global community... and the government of the United States will bear responsibility for all the consequences of this hostile move". The two sides exchanged opinions on a statement regarding the Iran nuclear deal made by the US, Xinhua news agency reported.

Europeans say these issues should be kept separate from discussion of the deal, but in a nod to U.S. concerns, Mogherini stressed they were raised with Zarif on Thursday.

European parties to the JCPOA have put enormous pressure on Trump to keep the deal in place, insisting that it has effectively slowed Iran's nuclear weapons program and there are no better alternatives for accomplishing that objective.

"The unity of the global community is essential to preserve a deal that is working, that is making the world safer and that is preventing a potential nuclear arms race in the region".

"The deputy foreign minister said "there has been a diplomatic battle between us [Iran] and the United States", adding in this diplomatic battle, Iran managed to separate the Europeans from the United States, and now all European countries, Russian Federation and China confirmed that the deal can not be negotiated again".

If he does allow the punitive measures to go back into effect, Iran will accuse the United States of breaking the deal, under which Tehran accepted restrictions on its nuclear program. And they say he's not going to talk to Iran about this, only to the Europeans who were involved in making this deal. Iran tends to denounce all sanctions as American violations of the nuclear deal. "They should join us in countering Iran's cyber threats". Among them is the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani. The US is cutting off the Iranian regime's money flows to terrorists, he said.

"Naming and shaming Sadegh Larijani is one small way the USA can bring its human-rights policy and coercive economic strategy against Iran into greater alignment", said Behnam Ben Taleblu, Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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