No US sanctions on Iran nuclear deal for now

  • No US sanctions on Iran nuclear deal for now

No US sanctions on Iran nuclear deal for now

U.S. President Donald Trump says he will extend sanctions relief granted to Iran under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, leaving the accord intact for now, but his administration targeted a high-profile Iranian for new nonnuclear sanctions.

The ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans - key backers and parties to the 2015 worldwide agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program - to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days, stated the report.

However, he said it would be the final time that economic sanctions would be waived by the U.S., although the deal's European signatories - the UK, France, and Germany, alongside Russian Federation and China - reaffirmed their commitments.

Trump said in a statement that he is extending relief "only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the awful flaws of the Iran nuclear deal", keeping the agreement alive, for now.

To fix what he described "disastrous flaws" in the deal, Trump demanded that Iran be denied "all paths to a nuclear weapon not just for 10 years, but forever", and that Tehran allow "immediate inspections at all sites requested by global inspectors".

"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.

"I have been very clear about my opinion of that deal", he said in his January 12 statement.

Washington announced sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.

The President laid out several conditions for a fix to the deal that would keep the United States in.

"We do not hide other disagreements, which exist ... both in the ballistic field and over Iran's action in the whole region", Le Drian said, adding that Europe viewed those issues as separate from the nuclear one.

The landmark 2015 deal curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for the relaxing of punishing sanctions

"If the United States reneges on its agreement, it will undermine global trust in America". But the officials also want the triggers to include Iran's growing ballistic missile program, which was not part of the nuclear deal, and to remove sunset clauses that allow some nuclear restrictions to ease or phase out over time.

It said the sanctions are against worldwide law and go against USA commitments, saying they would bring a "strong reaction" from Iran.

If Trump had not signed those waivers, sanctions would automatically be reinstated, putting the United States in contravention of the deal's terms and likely spelling the end of the 2015 pact.

A senior USA 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 global pact.

This would not entail negotiations with Iran, the official added, but rather would be the result of talks between the United States and its European allies. Mr. Trump has repeatedly criticized the accord, while Iran has accused the US of failing to comply with it.

"Trump failed to pressure U.S. Congress into taking action against the Iran nuclear deal".

He said he is open to working with Congress on bipartisan legislation regarding, but any bill must include four components: demanding that allow immediate inspections at all sites requested by global inspectors; ensuring that "never even comes close" to possessing a nuclear weapon; eliminating any expiration date; and denying all paths to a nuclear weapon.

As he did in October, Trump again declined to certify to Congress that the nuclear agreement is in the nation's best interest.

"Naming and shaming Sadegh Larijani is one small way the USA 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. "They should join us in countering Iran's cyber threats".

Also blacklisted were Iran's cyberspace agency, which administration officials said restricts its citizens' access to the internet; Iranian defense industry firms that fix and maintain helicopters and aircraft; a Malaysia-based company that allegedly supports Iranian naval missile production; and a Chinese businessman who allegedly supplied financing and equipment to Iran's electronics industry. Work already has begun on this front.