Trump Gives The Iran Deal One Last Lifeline

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

One of the individuals is Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, the head of Iran's judicial system.

He paired Friday's concession with other, targeted sanctions on Iran for human rights abuses and ballistic missile development.

The president also wants the US Congress to amend a law on US participation in the nuclear deal, so that Washington can reimpose all sanctions if Iran breaches certain "trigger points".

JCPOA (the nuclear deal) is not renegotiable: "rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, United States must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran", Zarif also wrote on his Twitter account.

The announcement will mean that for the time being, the United States is not withdrawing from the nuclear deal or is not now proactively working to see it canceled, despite the fact that Trump promised to do so during his election campaign.

For Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Trump's actions are an attempt to unilaterally destroy a multilateral deal, a move Zarif believes is not allowable under worldwide law.

The U.S. Congress requires the president to decide periodically whether to certify Iran's compliance with the deal and issue a waiver to allow U.S sanctions on Iran to remain suspended.

In addition, the deal must state that Iran's nuclear effort and its missile programs are inseparable.

A senior administration official said Mr Trump wants the 2015 Iran deal strengthened with a follow-on agreement before the 120 days are up, or the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the worldwide pact.

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The parliamentarian went on to say that if the United States really makes such a move (violating the key provision), Iran will show a reaction that would astound not only the USA but the entire world.

Trump announced on Friday that the US would keep the pact in place and waive sanctions against Iran for the "last time", in order to secure agreement from the US' European allies to fix its "terrible flaws".

In July 2015, Iran and six major powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - struck an accord formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in which Iran pledged to curb activities such as uranium enrichment.

Part of the nuclear deal was that the US would waive the sanctions, which are part of the relief Iran gets in exchange for destroying much of its nuclear equipment and allowing inspections.

Trump was reportedly encouraged to waive the sanctions by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security advisor H.R. McMaster, who warned the President that it would look like he was breaking the US commitments of the deal.

"JCPOA is not renegotiable; rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, the United States must bring itself to full compliance, just like Iran", he said. This follows previous practice, in which a reluctant president has kept the U.S.in the deal but sought other ways to get tough on Iran.

Trump had come under heavy pressure from European allies to issue the sanctions waiver.

In sharp contrast to Trump's view that the 2015 pact was "the worst deal ever negotiated", European leaders met with Iranian officials Thursday to reaffirm their commitment to the nuclear deal and stress that there was no alternative to it.

Iran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.

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