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

Rouhani: Trump has failed to undermine nuclear agreement

Rouhani: Trump has failed to undermine nuclear agreement

However Mr Trump said this is the last time he will waive such sanctions and challenged European allies to agree a series of new requirements on Iran.

Hard-liners on Iran in the US Congress have called for the reimposition of the suspended sanctions and an end to the nuclear deal, while some liberal Democrats want to pass legislation that would make it harder for Trump to pull Washington out without congressional consent.

Iran says the 2015 nuclear deal is not up for renegotiation, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw from the agreement if its "terrible flaws" were not fixed. "We have been under USA sanctions for the last 40 years", said Farshad Alyan, a 26-year-old law student. The deal aims to prevent Iran from creating nuclear weapons while allowing the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

But "Trump was forced once again to extend Iran's nuclear sanctions waiver despite all the boasts", he added.

In response, Russian Federation described Trump's comments as "extremely unhelpful" as said it would work hard to keep the agreement alive.

But the president also promised to scrap the landmark agreement in 120 days if Congress and European allies don't meet his new demands for strengthening the deal - throwing down the gauntlet on a signature achievement of Barack Obama's presidency. It has said it will stick to the accord as long as the other signatories respect it but will "shred" the deal if Washington pulls out.

The senior official said that Trump seeks a multilateral deal not negotiated with Iran at the table, but with European nations willing to set "triggers" for additional sanctions on Tehran upon the sunset of critical provisions of the 2015 accord. The unity of the global community is essential to preserve the deal, which is preventing a potential nuclear arms race in West Asia, Mogherini added.

While approving the waiver on USA sanctions related to the nuclear deal, Washington announced other sanctions against 14 Iranian entities and people, including judiciary head Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, a close ally of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Despite signing off on the waivers, Trump's Treasury Department targeted several Iranian officials with sanctions over human rights abuses and ballistic missile development.

His last condition required Capitol Hill lawmakers to pass a bill unilaterally incorporating Iran's missile program into the nuclear deal.

A report this week by analysts at the NY financial services company Citigroup said any move to weaken the nuclear deal would cause the "dislocation of at least 500,000 barrels a day of Iranian crude oil exports, especially those going to Korea and Japan, as well as to some European countries", according to CNBC.

Iran's Foreign Ministry, sending a strong message to the USA, has named those, whom they consider to be behind the attempt to undermine the deal, which took years and great diplomatic efforts to reach.

"While Britain may move to support the USA on this, Germany and France are likely to be strongly opposed", he said.

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