United States President Donald Trump has called on America's European allies to fix the "terrible flaws" in their 2015 landmark Iran nuclear deal, warning he will pull the USA out if his demand is not met.
Bhala, the Brenneisen Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, said the announcement is important in that "it preserves the July 2015 Nuclear Deal, for now, which the other countries in the deal also support".
"Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".
He also wants Tehran's ballistic missile program to be addressed.
Trump, the same day he waived the nuclear sanctions, imposed new sanctions on Iran for its human rights abuses and its military adventurism. The first of those deadlines - for extending or terminating the waiver for the central bank and oil sanctions - is by the far the most significant. The 45th US president on Friday again gave a reprieve to the 44th's pact despite his longheld stance that it is "the worst deal ever". Its framework includes stipulations that Iran would redesign, convert and reduce its number of nuclear facilities in order to lift nuclear-related economical sanctions, which would reportedly free up billions of dollars in oil revenue and frozen assets for Iran.
On Friday, Trump also approved new sanctions against Iranian officials and organizations, including Sadeq Larijani, the head of Iran's judiciary, and 13 other entities including the cyber unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. European co-signatories to the deal criticized Trump's decision not to re-certify the Iran deal at the time and may be unwilling to work with the administration.
In 2015, the Obama administration and five other world powers agreed to waive some sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on the country's nuclear program.
This would involve negotiations between the United States and its European allies rather than talks with Iran, the official said.
Trump declared in October that the agreement was "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into", and warned that within a few years Iran would be able to "sprint towards a rapid nuclear weapons breakout".
America's allies see the accord as the best way to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions and a victory for multilateral diplomacy.
The chief diplomat added, "Rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, USA must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran".