Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump Admin Waives Iran Nuclear Sanctions But Announces New Targeted Sanctions

Trump Admin Waives Iran Nuclear Sanctions But Announces New Targeted Sanctions

Rubio issued a statement recommending that Trump should "impose new sanctions against elements of the Iranian government, including the Central Bank of Iran and other Iranian banks, that are involved in or facilitating the regime's human rights abuses against Iranian protesters, its ballistic missile program, or its support for terrorism".

"However, if the "adults in the room" prevailed this time and kept Trump from exiting the deal, there remains hope they will prevail in the end", he added. The Europeans, meanwhile, have said they are willing to discuss the matter with the US but have shown little enthusiasm with Trump's hard line.

The ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans - key backers and parties to the 2015 worldwide agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program - to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days.

"If the United States breaks the deal, Iran will adopt another approach", Dehghani Firouzabadi asserted.

Officials, congressional aides and outside administration advisers had said the president would probably extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in the United States legislation. "And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately", he warned.

After Tehran had implemented its part of the deal, which was confirmed during IAEA's inspection trips, on January 16, 2016 the US administration under President Barack Obama lifted sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program. Trump is also urging Congress to reform U.S. law so the president is no longer required to declare every 90 days whether he thinks Iran is in compliance, or to renew sanctions waivers every 120 or 180 days.

Iran "will not accept any amendments in this agreement, be it now or in the future, and it will not allow any other issues to be linked to the JCPOA", the foreign ministry said in a statement, using the 2015 deal's technical name.

Trump's declaration puts great pressure on Britain, France and Germany, the European signatories to nuclear pact with Iran. Other nations have clearly stated that the US can not revise the JCPOA itself.

The landmark 2015 deal curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for the relaxing of punishing sanctions

Additionally, the president is hoping that the Iran deal will require better United Nations inspections of Iran's nuclear sites and that Iran avoid a "breakout period" of being able to produce enough uranium for a nuclear bomb.

In particular, it will not begin to expire after 10 years as parts of the existing deal do, but instead would impose permanent restrictions on not just Iran's nuclear plants but also its missile programme.

Trump has argued behind the scenes that the nuclear deal makes the United States look weak, a senior US official said.

Britain, France and Germany called on Trump on Thursday to uphold the pact.

Two EU diplomats said EU foreign ministers would discuss next steps at their next regular meeting on January 22 in Brussels.

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

The Trump administration has accused Iran of fomenting instability and violence across the Mideast, and the president's decision gives the White House and Congress more time to forge legislation punishing the country for that behavior without directly ending the nuclear accord that Iran reached with the US and five other world powers.


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