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

Trump, Macron Agree to Continue Pressure on N. Korea

Trump, Macron Agree to Continue Pressure on N. Korea

Trump had waived the sanctions on Friday to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the "terrible flaws" of the deal. "JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, United States must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran".

The Treasury Department also announced 14 new sanctions designations on Iran, including against entities in its aviation sector, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps cyber units and the head of Iran's judiciary.

China has reiterated its support for the Iran nuclear deal, praising Tehran for adhering to the agreement despite Washington's unilateral sanctions and constant threats to scrap it unless some "disastrous flaws" are fixed.

"One of the things that should be noted, and it's often overlooked, is that the sanctions that were imposed on Iran's ballistic missile programs are still in place", he says.

President Trump said he was giving Europe and the USA "a last chance" to fix "terrible flaws" in the nuclear agreement signed by Iran and six world powers in 2015.

The deal between Iran and the six countries - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - was signed in 2015 under the previous administration of Barack Obama in order to curb Tehran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Trump has argued that Obama, a Democrat, negotiated a bad deal for the United States in agreeing to the nuclear accord.


"As a first step, we will coordinate with the E3 and the other EU Member States to jointly assess the statement and its implications." said Catherine Ray, Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

They will also urge Iran to continue to comply with global inspectors, the diplomats said.

His decision will keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive for the time being.

The Treasury Department's action hits 14 Iranian officials and companies and businessmen from Iran, China and Malaysia, freezing any assets they have in the United States and banning Americans from doing business with them.

Trump said he wanted Congress to pass a bill requiring "timely, sufficient, and immediate inspections" at all sites by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the indefinite extension of limits on Iran's uranium enrichment and other nuclear activities. The administration emphasized that Trump also wants to see US legislation stating that the ballistic missile program is an inseparable part of its nuclear program, and should be treated as the same in terms of American sanctions.

The president wants Congress to modify a law that reviews USA participation in the nuclear deal to include "trigger points" that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the official said. One official said the actions "will send a very strong message that the United States is not going to tolerate their continued abuses".

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