Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

'Not renegotiable': Iran rejects Trump's demand for changes to nuclear deal

'Not renegotiable': Iran rejects Trump's demand for changes to nuclear deal

Trump said this is the last chance, and in the absence of an agreement, the U.S. would not remain a party to the deal.

But Trump argues that his predecessor Barack Obama gave away too much to Iran in sanctions relief, without forcing the Islamic republic to end its ballistic missile program and support for militant groups. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately.

He wrote that rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, the USA must bring itself into full compliance just like Iran. "My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon - not just for 10 years, but forever", Trump said.

Supporters expressed skepticism that the deal will survive in its current form.

French President, in a telephone call with Trump on Thursday, emphasized France's "determination to see the strict application of the deal and the importance of all the signatories to respect it", Macron's office said.

Although Trump approved the waivers on Friday, he has railed against the deal since his presidential campaign, particularly against what he calls "sunset clauses" that allow Tehran to gradually resume wider nuclear activities in the next decade.

But to some in Washington, the meeting amounted to a show of unity between Europe and Iran - and of defiance toward the United States.

He also wanted to extend legislation to make explicit that testing of long-range missiles was "inseparable" from the nuclear weapons programme, so Iran's ballistics testing should also "be subject to severe sanctions".

Whether the U.S. and European partners will be able to agree on a supplemental deal by May that strengthens the nuclear agreement is far from clear.

Iran will definitely respond to the USA act by putting the name of Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani on list of sanctions.

"We are cutting off the regime s money flows to terrorists". He said he would only sign it if an Iranian refusal to allow United Nations inspectors to visit sites triggered an automatic re-imposition of USA sanctions. A hard-line cleric appointed by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Larijani is a highly influential member of Iran's most powerful political family.

Iran's judicial system is notoriously repressive, and the country remains one of the world's leading executioners.

"This could be one of Washington's big foreign policy mistakes, a big miscalculation in American policy", he said.

Other sanctions target companies accused of conducting prohibited transactions with Iranian entities. The Treasury Department also designated two Iranian defense industry firms that provide key maintenance and overhaul services for the military's helicopter and aircraft. "It's overfilled with anger and poison", the official said.

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