Iran nuke deal survives with Trump waivers

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis right listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Wednesday Jan. 10 2018 in Washington

Iran nuke deal survives with Trump waivers

"All of those steps can be taken outside of the nuclear deal, but if we cannot achieve worldwide consensus on them, then it will become even clearer that the nuclear deal is an impediment to peace", Haley said in a statement released by the US Mission to the United Nations on Friday, commenting on Trump's decision to waive sanctions on Iran. In terms of signing a waiver later in January, the President hasn't made a final decision on that, ' Sanders said of the sanctions waiver last Tuesday. In October, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reaffirmed that all nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA had been implemented, stressing that Tehran is subject to the "world's most robust nuclear verification regime" and that so far the IAEA has "had access to all locations it needed to visit".

Tillerson told the Associated Press in an interview last week that he and others were working with Congress on ways to amend the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, or INARA, to resolve concerns Trump has with the deal.

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

US President Donald Trump will have to decide soon on whether to continue with the Iran nuclear deal or announce its termination, three months after objecting to it and throwing the ball in Congress' court.

"These provisions must have no expiration date".

He was prepared to back a modification to the existing deal if it were made permanent, one official said.

Trump and his administration had come to the defense of the protesters in Iran.

Mnuchin's remarks came as the world was waiting for Trump to decide if he would reimpose sanctions on Iran, a move that might endanger the landmark Iran nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, experts say that quitting the deal is also against America's own strategic interests.

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Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, welcomed backing for the accord, warning Tehran's commitment to the agreement was conditional on full United States compliance with the agreement.

Critics of the deal in Congress have also proposed amending legislation to ensure that USA sanctions would "snap back" automatically if Iran carried out certain actions.

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Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, tweeted Friday that the United States "must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran", in reference to the 2015 nuclear deal agreed between Iran and world powers, including Russian Federation. That will be coupled with diplomacy with European governments addressing Iran's missile testing and support for the Hezbollah terror group, Shiite rebels in Yemen and Syrian President Bashar Assad. 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.

On Thursday, the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany threw their weight behind the pact limiting Iran's nuclear ambitions and insisted that Iran is respecting it.

At the end of that period, Congress had taken no action and the established protocol for American participation in the JCPOA continued unaltered.

Zarif said Washington was already "maliciously violating" three sections of the agreement, including paragraph 26 which requires the USA to "make best efforts in good faith to sustain this JCPOA and to prevent interference with the realisation of the full benefit by Iran of the sanctions lifting".

Germany has said it will continue to call for the deal's full implementation and would consult on a "common way forward" with the United Kingdom and France.

The accord signed between six global powers and Iran saw Iran agree to reduce uranium enrichment activity drastically, dispose of its enriched uranium stocks and modify a heavy water facility so it could not produce material suitable for a nuclear bomb.

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