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

Trump issues ultimatum to 'fix' Iran nuclear deal

Trump issues ultimatum to 'fix' Iran nuclear deal

Trump on Friday gave an ultimatum to "either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".

Iran says the 2015 nuclear deal is not up for renegotiation, after US President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw from the agreement if its "terrible flaws" were not fixed.

While Trump approved the sanctions waiver, the Treasury Department announced new, targeted sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadeq Amoli Larijani, a close ally of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Trump has constantly criticised the pact inked between the six world powers, namely China, Russia, Britain, France, the United States and Germany, and Iran in 2015, in which the West promised to relieve sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a halt in Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

"Trump's policy & today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement, maliciously violating its paras 26, 28 & 29".

"JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, United States must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran", Zarif tweeted immediately after Trump's speech. The new legislation also limits Trump's own ability to lift any sanctions against Russian Federation. The next sanctions waivers are due in May. Trump wants them to help the USA devise a new agreement created to prevent Iran from escalating nuclear activity again next decade, as permitted under the 2015 arrangement reached by President Barack Obama. "No one should doubt my word".


Zarif has said Trump's aggressive stance on the deal and Iran generally have also violated the commitment to "refrain from any policy specifically meant to directly and adversely affect the normalisation of trade and economic relations with Iran" in the accord.

His statement came a day after the European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, together with foreign ministers of France, the United Kingdom and Germany delivered a strong defense of the deal in separate statements, which were issued following a meeting with Zarif in Brussels.

The decision had been expected since earlier this week.

In August, US President Donald Trump signed into law a new package of sanctions drafted by US lawmakers.

Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against the new sanctions, although it did not specify how.

The British and German foreign ministries said they had taken note of the decision and would confer with France before deciding on a course of action. He said Iran's restraint on long-range ballistic missile programs also must be linked to sanctions relief.

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