Trump waives Iran sanctions, Gives Nuke Deal 'Last Chance'

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Trump waives Iran sanctions, Gives Nuke Deal 'Last Chance'

Trump had waived the sanctions on Friday to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the "terrible flaws" of the deal.

"I hereby call on key European countries to join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal, countering Iranian aggression and supporting the Iranian people", Trump said in a statement.

"Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal", Trump said in a statement. The Europeans have said they are willing to consider enhancing sanctions outside the nuclear deal, for instance targeting Iran's missile program and human rights abuses. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately.

But he coupled that announcement with new sanctions on 14 Iranian individuals and entities - among them Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, head of Iran's judiciary.

Instead of repeating the same "stale" statements, the USA should commit fully to the deal, just like Iran, added Zarif. Among its other stipulations, the law targeted foreign banks that conducted transactions with Iran's central bank. They've been lobbying hard to keep the Trump administration in, arguing that the deal is working. All sides agreed that it would only cover Iran's apparent efforts to develop nuclear weapons, which was in violation of United Nations resolutions, and not other issues. In imposing sanctions on 14 key Iranian hardliners over their activities in other areas, the United States has further ramped up the tension.

He said the nuclear deal is "not renegotiable and rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, the United States must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran".

"The internal solidity of and global support for the agreement have blocked attempts by Mr. Trump, the Zionist regime [of Israel], and the ominous alliance of hard-line warmongers to terminate this agreement or make changes to it", the ministry said according to Iranian PressTV.

The sanctions are related to "serious human rights" abuses, censorship, and weapons issues, a Treasury Department spokesperson said.

The landmark 2015 deal curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for the relaxing of punishing sanctions
Trump waives Iran sanctions, Gives Nuke Deal 'Last Chance'

A senior U.S. administration official said Friday that Trump wants the Iran deal strengthened with a follow-on agreement in 120 days or the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the worldwide pact.

Trump has been criticizing the nuclear deal since it was signed in 2015, which has been widely seen as providing "clear and tangible" benefits by limiting Iran's nuclear program.

Yuhua was blacklisted for "selling navigation-related equipment" to a designated Iranian company, the agency said.

"Naming and shaming Sadegh Larijani is one small way the US can bring its human-rights policy and coercive economic strategy against Iran into greater alignment", said Behnam Ben Taleblu, Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington.

The waiver he will sign suspends US sanctions on Tehran for another 120 days.

Ryabkov said Moscow must unite with Europe and China and undertake "intense work" to keep the existing plan intact and decried what he said was a USA attempt to strongarm the situation.

Trump in October chose not to certify compliance and warned he might ultimately terminate the accord. The sanctions, when they are in place, target third parties overseas that deal with Iran and have the effect - because of the reach of the USA dollar - of severely inhibiting trade with Iran.

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