Trump Keeps US in Iran Nuclear Deal for 3rd Time

Trump Keeps US in Iran Nuclear Deal for 3rd Time

"Fourth, the legislation must explicitly state in United States law, for the first time, that long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs are inseparable, and that Iran's development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions", the President said.

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal was struck between the USA, under the administration of former President Barack Obama, Iran and five other countries.

Iran says the U.S. has "crossed a red line" by imposing sanctions on the head of its judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani.

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

"The president will also make clear that this is the last such waiver he will issue". 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 US and banning Americans from doing business with them. He would negotiate that deal with the UK, France, and Germany - but not with Russia, China, and Iran.

Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, condemned Washington's comments as "extremely negative", the Kremlin-backed Russian Information Agency (RIA) news agency reported on Saturday.

US President Donald Trump, a critic of the 2015 accord to prevent Iran developing nuclear arms, said he would extend sanctions relief one last time. On Friday, the US Treasury Department announced the decision to impose sanctions on 14 individuals and entities responsible for "serious human rights abuses and censorship in Iran". In November, the body again said Iran was in compliance.

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Officials in Britain and the European Union will likely welcome the news having fought hard to convince Trump to keep the deal in place. "If other nations fail to act during this time, I will terminate our deal with Iran".

The White House is insisting Congress comes up with a solution that will allow grant wider inspection rights to worldwide inspectors, and that the current deal - which will expire in 2025 - has no expiration date.

On a tweet on Friday, Mohammed Javad Zarif, the foreign relations minister in Iran said that the USA must be in strict adherence to the terms of the deal just like what was expected of Tehran. The new deal - which Trump envisions as being outlined in United States law and involving Britain, France and Germany - would impose tougher controls on Iran if sanctions relief is to continue.

Russia, as well as the European Union, remains committed to the Iran nuclear deal, despite the recent USA waiver of sanctions against the country.

He cited what he said were efforts by Tehran to obtain nuclear weapons, develop ballistic missiles, and support terrorist organizations, as well as what he called regional aggression, and "the cruel repression of Iranian citizens".

Senior U.S. administration officials told reporters Trump would work with Europeans on a follow-on deal to enshrine triggers that the Iranian government could not exceed related to ballistic missiles.

French President Emmanuel Macron phoned Mr Trump on Thursday to call for "the strict application of the deal and the importance of all the signatories to respect it".

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