Trump Gives The Iran Deal One Last Lifeline

  • Trump Gives The Iran Deal One Last Lifeline

Trump Gives The Iran Deal One Last Lifeline

The U.S. Congress requires the president to decide periodically whether to certify Iran's compliance with the deal and issue a waiver to allow U.S sanctions to remain suspended.

The group is calling for Iran's oil exports to also be subject to sanctions, the ability of the Tehran regime to access the worldwide banking system to be cut off, as well as other punitive measures. Those mainly targeted Iranian defense officials, as well as a China-based network the United States says is supporting Iran's missile program.

If the United States really makes such a move to violate the deal, Iran will show an astonishing reaction, he added. It's something he has to do every few months, and it's clear he doesn't like it.

"Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw", he said.

The demonstrations in Iran are the most widespread since crowds took to the streets over a disputed presidential election in 2009. There is a Senate version being drafted by Senator Bob Corker (R-Ten), and a House version being drafted by Rep Peter Roskam (R-Il).

Supporters expressed skepticism that the deal will survive in its current form.

But the Iranian government puts the number of arrests at only 450.

The top Iranian diplomat said the world has over the past centuries been characterized by a paradigm based on power and zero-sum games, "which has had no result for the people of the world but loss, violence, conflict, and killings".

It also condemned Iran for backing the head of the Syrian regime Bashar Assad "as he massacres his own people".

In its statement, the Iranian Foreign Ministry reiterated that position. The nuclear accord doesn't directly bar missile testing.

Nowhere in all this does anyone have any real idea if the deal's putative intention, seriously delaying Iran's nuclear ambitions, was achieved even partly. The new deal - which Trump envisions as being outlined in USA law and involving Britain, France and Germany - would impose tougher controls on Iran if sanctions relief is to continue.

"The nuclear deal is an internationally recognized and concluded pact and is not renegotiable", the Foreign Ministry in Tehran said in a statement Saturday.

But Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the 2015 deal could not be renegotiated.

"JCPOA is not renegotiable; rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, the United States must bring itself to full compliance, just like Iran", he said.

The agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, restricted Iran's controversial nuclear program in exchange for broad relief from global sanctions. Iran got almost all of the benefits of this deal up front, so breaking the deal won't bother them nearly as much as it will bother the P5+1 countries originally aligned against them. They express optimism that even though the Iranian regime brutally suppressed these protests, the regime was also visibly rattled by the experience and might be moved in a reformist direction over the long term - but those fragile hopes would be dashed if the USA cancels the deal and makes it easy for hardline Iranian leaders to blame America for all of the country's problems.

"If at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately", he said.

Supporters of the nuclear deal hoped it would change Iran's behavior in the region, and improve its dysfunctional relationship with its neighbors. Mr Macron "reaffirmed France's determination to see the agreement strictly enforced and the importance for all of its signatories to abide by it", his office said in a statement.

All parties to the accord would have to agree to any changes.

The parliamentarian went on to say that if the USA really makes such a move (violating the key provision), Iran will show a reaction that would astound not only the US but the entire world.

First, it must demand that Iran allow immediate inspections at all sites requested by worldwide inspectors. "Now he wants to send the ball in the Europeans' court, so that if he fails to do anything against Iran, he will be able to say it is Europe's shortcoming". Sometimes called "sunset provisions", many of them lapse in 10 to 15 years.

Rep. Eliot Engel of NY, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the demands are unattainable.

"Iran's response will be severe, and all consequences of this hostile act will be the responsibility of the United States", it said.

"We are cutting off the regime s money flows to terrorists".

"We are targeting the Iranian regime, including the head of Iran's judiciary, for its appalling mistreatment of its citizens, including those imprisoned exclusively for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and for censoring its own people as they stand up in protest against their government", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

The entities sanctioned include Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace and its subsidiary, the National Cyberspace Center, which police the Internet, restricting access to websites that challenge the government. Among them is the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani. His brother, Ali Larijani, is the speaker of the Parliament.

Iran's judicial system is notoriously repressive, and the country remains one of the world's leading executioners.

"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.

Notably absent from the entities was Iran's Central Bank. "They should join us in countering Iran's cyber threats". He is also demanding a permanent end to Iran's enrichment of fissile material at a grade sufficient for weapons use.