Trump to approve Iran nuclear deal for last time

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that Iran will never renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal despite the USA pressure.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had earlier said on Twitter that Trump's decision undermined the multilateral agreement.

But Trump, who must meet regular deadlines to endorse the deal every 90 days and approve sanctions waivers every 120 and 180 days, has railed against the agreement. The agreement was reached during Barack Obama's presidency.

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

"As a first step, we will coordinate with the E3 and the other EU Member States to jointly assess the statement and its implications." said Catherine Ray, Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

President Trump has called it the "one of the worst deals" he has ever seen - but for now, he is keeping the the nuclear deal with Iran. Work already has begun on this front.

The ministry has once again reiterated the country's position on the issue, opposing the United States move concerning the Iran nuclear deal. Iran also rejected any changes to its nuclear deal with world powers, according to the BBC. Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: "either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".

Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it would not accept any renegotiation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the 2015 nuclear deal, and promised a response to new USA sanctions.

"This is the last such waiver he will issue", a senior administration official told reporters on Friday. Iran insists its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes. That is part of the US commitment in the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The European countries which signed on, including the U.K., France, and Germany urged the USA to stay in on Thursday, claiming that Iran has been holding up its side of the bargain since the deal was signed.

Trump in October chose not to certify the country's compliance and warned he might ultimately terminate the accord.

Mr Trump has repeatedly criticised the accord, while Iran has accused the USA of failing to comply with it.

The US still maintains sanctions on Iran - independent of the nuclear deal - on matters such as terrorism, human rights and ballistic missile development.

Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against the new sanctions, although it did not specify how. Officials, congressional aides and outside administration advisers said the president would likely extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in amending US legislation that governs Washington's participation in the accord.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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