US President Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions, however for final time

US President Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions, however for final time

Iran said on Saturday it would not accept any changes to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Calling it "one of the worst" deal the United States has ever made, Trump, who has signed the waiver twice since taking office, decertified to Congress Iran's compliance with the pact last October.

President Trump is expected to agree this week to continue granting Iran a reprieve from sanctions over its nuclear program, while again signaling his displeasure with the global nuclear deal that lifted the penalties, USA and European officials, congressional aides and others said. The EU said in a statemen t on Friday that it had taken note of Trump's decision and would assess its implications. "In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the nuclear deal".

Trump also announced new sanctions, including against the chief of Iran's hard-line dominated judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli-Larijani, for his involvement in punishing protesters who participated in anti-government rallies this month.

The waivers were accompanied by other non-nuclear sanctions and a stern warning that Trump will pull out of the deal if the fixes aren't made.

The announcement came at the deadline for President Trump to decide whether to reimpose sanctions that were suspended in 2015 as part of the Iranian nuclear agreement former President Barack Obama negotiated with Tehran, along with China, France, Germany, Russia and the UK.

First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said in a post on his Instagram page that the U.S. would "lose out" if they withdrew from the deal.

Parsi added that Trump's actions contradict an obligation under the accord to refrain from interfering with the implementation of the sanctions relief required under the deal.

On Friday, Trump is set to decide whether to extend relief for Iran from some USA economic sanctions.

A senior administration official said Trump wants the 2015 Iran deal strengthened with a follow-on agreement in 120 days or the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the global pact.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said earlier on Twitter that the deal was "not renegotiable" and that Trump's move "amounts to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement".

If Trump indeed extends the sanction relief it will be the third time since entering office last January that he stopped short of withdrawing from the nuclear deal.

"Any attempts by the USA side to unseal the JCPOA without consent from all the other parties would directly violate the fundamental principles of global law, and as the matter also concerns the nonproliferation regime, it would also serve as a powerful incentive toward its further erosion", Kosachyov said.

Trump has particularly bristled at having to give Iran a "thumbs up" every few months by acknowledging that it is meeting its nuclear requirements, which should allow it to invest in foreign banks, sell petroleum overseas, buy US and European aircraft, and so forth.

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 global agreement.

The old, central bank sanctions largely cut Iran out of the worldwide financial system, and are considered to be the most powerful of the penalties imposed by the USA during the Obama era, along with global penalties for buying Iranian oil.

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