Trump to Give Iran Deal Another Reprieve

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Trump to Give Iran Deal Another Reprieve

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.

Those countries have vowed not to bolt the agreement even if the USA pulls out, but Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday that "Iran's continued compliance [is] conditioned on full compliance by the U.S".

Waiving the big sanctions and slapping on some new small ones is a maneuver we've seen the Trump administration do before, as it deals with its dilemma on the nuclear deal.

President Donald Trump Friday said he was open to working with Congress on bipartisan legislation regarding Iran, but any bill he signs must include "four critical components", indicating this was the "last chance" for the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran to be fixed.

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

As Trump agreed to the sanctions relief, U.S. Department of Treasury said on Friday that it has imposed new sanctions on 14 individuals and entities over Iran's alleged human rights abuses and ballistic missile program, including head of Iran's judiciary and the cyber unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. It prevents Iran from developing nuclear weapons while offering sanctions relief to allow the Islamic Republic to participate in worldwide commerce and banking. During Barack Obama's presidency, these penalties largely cut Iran out of the global financial system, until they were suspended under the nuclear deal.

European Union powers yesterday urged US President Donald Trump to endorse a key nuclear agreement with Iran, saying the deal is essential for worldwide security.

"In a background briefing with reporters, senior administration officials also warned that this will be [the] last such waiver, calling on a follow-up deal with Europeans and a legislative fix from Congress", The Hill reported.

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USA officials and others familiar with the administration's deliberations told AP Trump was likely to back the accord for now but that he may pair his decision with new, targeted sanctions on Iranian businesses and people.

In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif condemned Trump for "maliciously violating" the nuclear agreement.

There are few Obama-era iniatitives that President Trump has denounced as vociferously as the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

Hailed by former President Barack Obama as key to stopping Iran from building a nuclear bomb, the deal lifted economic sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program to peaceful purposes.

"They should join us in constraining Iran's missile development and stopping its proliferation of missiles, especially to Yemen", he said.

Britain, France and Germany called on Trump on Thursday to uphold the pact. Other sanctions target suppliers of Iran's military and Iran's cybersecurity sector, which the administration officials said plays a central role in censorship in Iran.

He wrote that rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, the U.S. must bring itself into full compliance just like Iran.

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