Iran threatens to retaliate against new U.S. sanctions

  • Iran threatens to retaliate against new U.S. sanctions

Iran threatens to retaliate against new U.S. sanctions

Trump yesterday gave an ultimatum to "either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif accused Trump of "maliciously violating" the nuclear deal.

In a statement Mr Trump called his decision to keep the deal alive a "last chance". The sight of the protests reportedly made the president more reluctant than ever to extend the life of the nuclear deal, which he scorns as an appeasement of an Islamic regime that funds terrorist groups, armed militants and rebel factions across the Middle East and wider region, while pursuing ballistic missile programmes that put Israel and other American allies in harm's way.

Washington agreed to sanctions relief under the terms of the landmark accord reached between Tehran and six world powers - which Trump has denounced as one of the worst deals of all time.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has said he expects President Trump to impose sanctions on Iran.

Trump must decide on Friday whether to renew the waiver and whether to recertify the deal on Saturday.

USA officials cautioned that Trump could still reject the recommendation from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster and warning not to scrap the nuclear deal, and stressed that no final decision had been made.

Republican Senator Bob Corker said "significant progress" had been made on bipartisan congressional legislation to "address the flaws in the agreement without violating USA commitments". These penalties largely cut Iran out of the global financial system, until they were suspended by Obama under the nuclear deal. Scuttling the nuclear deal would be a disaster, especially with the mass protests going on in Iran right now.

But Europe also signaled its opposition to the Trump administration over the 2015 nuclear deal, which ended most worldwide sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program.

"If the president can get that agreement that meets his objective and it never expires, it denies Iran all paths to nuclear weapons forever, not for ten years, he would be open to remaining in such a modified deal", the official said.

This would not entail negotiations with Iran, the official said, but rather would be the result of talks between the United States and its European allies.

Also on January 8, another Iranian official, this time atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi, issued a warning. "We do this because we regard this as a very strong, very successful agreement", said Gass, a retired British diplomat who was in Washington on Thursday to lobby to protect the JCPOA.

In July 2015, after a decade of strenuous negotiations, Iran and six major countries - China, Russia, Britain, France, the United States and Germany, struck a final agreement on Iran's controversial nuclear program, in which the West promised to relieve sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a halt in Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

Russian Federation - one of the parties to the Iran pact alongside the United States, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union - called Trump's comments "extremely negative". A second person informed about the plans said arrangements were being made for Tillerson to call his counterparts in France and Germany to relay the decision.

He also challenged Washington to come up with a better alternative.

Given what is riding on the deals for the company and in light of recent anti-regime protests throughout Iran, THE WEEKLY STANDARD asked Boeing if the company simply defers to the U.S. government's assessment of the appropriateness of such leases and sales (especially to a country considered a state sponsor of terrorism) or does Boeing make an independent assessment of whether business with a particular customer might or might not be appropriate.

Every 90 days Trump must has also certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear accord.

Last October, Trump decertified to Congress Iran's compliance with the pact, regardless of reports provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the international non-proliferation watchdog, confirming that Tehran has been in full compliance with the deal.