Trump issues warning, but continues to honor Iran deal

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

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

"Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the bad flaws of the Iran nuclear deal", Mr Trump said.

"This is the last chance".

Iranian officials blasted President Donald Trump Saturday for threatening to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal if the terms of the agreement aren't up for discussion.

The United States is the only party that has threatened to scrap the deal, a stance that has been confronted by other participants.

The statement also hit out at new sanctions imposed on 14 individuals by the US Treasury on Friday over human rights issues and Iran's missile programme.

Targets include the head of the Iran judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani, and a Chinese ceramics company called BOCHUANG CERAMIC, INC.

President Trump announced Friday afternoon that he would extend sanctions relief to Iran for one more 120-day period, thus keeping President Obama's nuclear deal alive.

Trump says the deal has flaws.

The officials notably did not say that Trump expected the other two nations party to the deal - Russian Federation and China - to join in the revision of the deal.

"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.

Iran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.

European signatories to the deal have pressured the United States to stick to the accord.

The issue was also discussed by French president Emmanuel Macron and Mr Trump in a phone call on Thursday.

The White House said Trump underscored to Macron that Iran must cease its "destabilizing activity" in the region, including its support for terrorism.

The agreement, signed by President Obama in 2015, saw economic sanctions waived in return for Iran not developing nuclear weapons. Trump will also demand Iran allow easier and more immediate access to worldwide inspections of its nuclear sites. These sanctions are not related to the nuclear deal, but some of them are a result of the new wave of protests in Iran.

Trump also wants Congress to impose new strictures on dealing with Iran, including a law that would explicitly tie Iran's missile programs to its nuclear program.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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