Trump issues warning, but continues to honor Iran deal

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

"This is a last chance", Trump said, pushing for a separate agreement.

The prospect of a USA withdrawal from the Iran deal "will deliver a very serious blow to the whole system of worldwide agreements and to the enhancing of the nuclear nonproliferation regime", he added.

The sanctions with the most political repercussions are against the administrative head of Iran's judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani. The new measures concern human rights abuses and censorship in Iran and the arming of groups throughout the region.

The White House also announced Friday that the administration is placing new, specific sanctions on 14 Iranian people or agencies.

The new sanctions announced Friday focus on Iranian entities involved in the crackdown on recent protests in Iran. "Rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, USA must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran".

Washington policy hawks hailed Trump's decision, which they said would concentrate minds in Europe, where leaders have urged the USA president not to sabotage a deal they see as a landmark diplomatic success. "European partners were unanimous today in our determination to preserve the deal and tackle Iran's disruptive behavior".

Iran insists its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes, while the United States and other countries claim it has been trying to develop nuclear weapons.

Russian Federation on Saturday said Washington would be making a grave mistake by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, adding that Moscow would work hard to keep the landmark agreement alive.

Trump outlined four "critical components" that must be included in United States legislation regarding Iran. He wants to require more robust inspections of nuclear facilities.

Trump might not get much help on the deal from Congress either.

Trump's decision came after a Thursday meeting with his national security team on a turbulent day, during which he made a vulgar reference to immigrants in a meeting with senators and told The Wall Street Journal, "I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", referring to the North Korean leader.

In exchange, most worldwide sanctions on Iran were eased, allowing the country to trade on the global oil market and rejoin worldwide banking systems.

Although the US president declined to seize an opportunity to withdraw from the Iran deal - which he has long railed against and formerly promised to "rip up" - he gave a four-month deadline to US Congress and America's main European allies to address what he called the "disastrous flaws" of the deal.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Saturday condemning the new USA sanctions on a number of Iranian individuals and entities, threatening to retaliate. "Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".

"If other nations fail to act during this time, I will terminate our deal with Iran".

"The nuclear deal is an internationally recognized and concluded pact and is not renegotiable", the Foreign Ministry in Tehran said in a statement Saturday.

The administration long has argued that all of Iran's "malicious behavior", including its human rights abuses and support for militant groups across the Middle East, should be included in an global regimen of punishment.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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