Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions 'for last time'

US officials expect Trump to grudgingly sign the sanction waivers once again

Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions 'for last time'

The Iranian government said on Saturday that it refused to renegotiate the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, following comments from US President Donald Trump about the deal's "terrible flaws".

Those countries have vowed not to bolt the agreement even if the US 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".

He underlined that the deal that was signed in 2015 between Iran, and the P5+1 - Russia, France, China, Britain, the United States, plus Germany, can not be amended and that Moscow will "oppose any attempts to hamper it".

On Friday, announcing his decision to waive the application of certain sanctions related to oil sales and Iran's banking system, he said he was only making the move to secure European allies' agreement to fix the deal's "flaws".

Currently, the deal has a sunset clause after which, even President Barack Obama acknowledged, Iran would have a breakout time for producing enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon of about zero.

The officials said Trump expected America's European allies who are also parties to the 2015 accord, which swapped sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran's nuclear program, to join with him in reworking the deal.

One senior administration official said Trump would be open to remaining in a modified deal if it were made permanent. In November, the body again said Iran was in compliance. He also wants Tehran's ballistic missile program to be addressed.

The landmark 2015 deal curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for the relaxing of punishing sanctions

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov called Trump's remarks "extremely negative", RIA state news agency reported. Washington also imposed sanctions on the head of Iran's judiciary and others.

Bhala can discuss why the president's position is wrong as well as the requirements of the deal for the U.S., Iran and worldwide allies. "And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately", he said.

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) didn't like the idea of waiving Iran's nuclear sanctions.

Zarif slammed Trump's reluctant announcement on Iran's nuclear sanctions waiver as a "desperate attempt" to undermine the deal.

"While Britain may move to support the USA on this, Germany and France are likely to be strongly opposed", he said.

The findings, in a report given to the UN Security Council this week, could add weight to American and Saudi efforts to ostracise Iran with accusations that the Iranians are engaged in destabilising behaviour in the Middle East.

That decision came despite the United Nations having certified Iran's compliance with the deal eight times. It says it will stick to the agreement as long as the other signatories respect it but will "shred" it if Washington pulls out.

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