Donald Trump keeps Iran nuclear deal alive by waiving economic sanctions

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2018

The President wants Congress to modify a law that reviews USA participation in the nuclear deal to include "trigger points" that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the official said.

But Trump, who must meet regular deadlines to endorse the deal every 90 days and approve sanctions waivers every 120 and 180 days, has railed against the agreement.

Iranian foreign ministry says it will not accept any changes to nuclear deal after Trump's latest threat to withdraw.

"This is a last chance", Trump said. Other protests had been staged in opposition to Iran's ballistic nuclear missile program.

The Iranian nuclear deal was drawn up in 2015 under former President Barack Obama, with Iran, the US and five other nations.

He also wants Congress to alter existing US laws that oversee how the federal government treats the Iran deal - but there is no sign lawmakers will do so anytime soon, or at all.

Iran, despite repeatedly claiming its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes, has vowed to "shred" the deal if Washington pulls out.

Iran described the White House's announcement as a desperate attempt to "undermine a solid multilateral agreement".

The president wants Congress to modify a law that reviews USA participation in the nuclear deal to include "trigger points" that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the official said. I think that's the case that President Trump's advisers, Secretary of State Tillerson, Defense Secretary Mattis, his national security adviser, McMaster, I think that's the case they made to the president. According to Federica Mogherini, the "deal is working; it is delivering on its main goal, which means keeping the Iranian nuclear program in check and under close surveillance".

Trump in October of a year ago said the USA would not certify the Iran nuclear deal, and pushed it to Congress to fix the deal's "serious flaws" in order to protect the American people. Trump has complained that numerous Iranian restrictions expire next decade and has vacillated between talk of toughening the deal and pulling the USA out entirely.

Safavi also pointed out that "the USA government's designation of individuals and entities now involved in human rights abuses, including the suppression of Iranian protesters, is a move in the right direction".

Britain, France and Germany had called on Trump on Thursday to uphold the pact.

For weeks, world leaders have speculated whether Trump, who on the campaign trail called the Iran agreement "the worst deal ever", would carry through and pull out of the worldwide agreement.

In October, Trump accused Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the agreement even though the International Atomic Energy Agency says Tehran is complying.

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