Iran vows retaliation over U.S. sanctions

Iran vows retaliation over U.S. sanctions

Iran's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the Trump administration had "crossed a red line of worldwide behavior" by imposing sanctions against Amoli-Larijani. A White House spokesperson says that deal should address Tehran's ballistic missile program, tighten inspections, eliminate the agreement's sunset clauses and limit Iran to a one year breakout to obtain a nuclear weapon.

The US Congress requires the president to approve sanctions waivers related to the deal - signed by Iran, the US, the UK, Russia, France, Germany, China and the European Union - every 120 days.

Ryabkov's remarks come one day after U.S. President Donald Trump extended sanctions relief on Iran for what he said would be the final time.

"This is the last chance".

In a statement released on Saturday, the ministry said that US President Donald Trump once again had to extend waivers that are mandatory under the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), PressTV reports.

Unrelated to the nuclear deal, Trump approved sanctions against 14 individuals and entities, including against Sadeq Larijani, the head of Iran's judiciary whom the Trump administration holds responsible for the violent crackdown on recent anti-government protests that erupted in the country.

"Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal", Trump said in a statement.

USA officials said the new sanctions were for human-rights abuses by the Iranian regime during its response to civil protests, and for weapons proliferation.

This would be the last time Trump will waive the sanctions as he pursues measures to strengthen the 2015 agreement, the officials said.

Meanwhile, on his official Twitter account, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Trump's decision undermined the multilateral agreement.

Underscoring the difficulty now facing Europeans, a European diplomat, speaking under condition of anonymity, said: "It's going to be complicated to save the deal after this".

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear watchdog of the United Nations, has consistently reported that Iran has stayed within the main parameters of the deal.

"We are also targeting Iran's ballistic missile program and destabilizing activities, which it continues to prioritize over the economic well-being of the Iranian people", Mnuchin said in a statement.

According to anonymous officials on a conference call with various reporters, Trump will not issue any more waivers after Friday unless specific fixes are made to the Iran deal.

Congress is split on the issue - hardline Republicans are urging the President to reimpose suspended sanctions and bring an end to the deal, while some liberal Democrats want to make it hard for Trump to withdraw from the deal without congressional consent.

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