'Not renegotiable': Iran rejects Trump's demand for changes to nuclear deal

'Not renegotiable': Iran rejects Trump's demand for changes to nuclear deal

President Donald Trump gave the Iran nuclear deal a final reprieve on Friday but warned European allies and Congress they had to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the pact or face a USA exit, Reuters reports.Trump said he would waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the worldwide deal for the last time unless his conditions were met.

But Trump warned Friday in a statement previewed by senior administration officials that that the waiver - which must be issued every 120 days to keep the sanctions from kicking back in - will be the last he issues.

Trump has argued behind the scenes that the nuclear deal makes the United States look weak, a senior USA official said.

The US Treasury on Friday announced sanctions on 14 Iranian individuals and entities, including the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, for human rights abuses and supporting Tehran's ballistic missile programme.

A decision to withhold a waiver would have effectively ended the deal between Iran and the other worldwide signatories.

"Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the awful flaws of the Iran nuclear deal".

Russian Federation - one of the parties to the Iran pact alongside the United States, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union - called Trump's comments "extremely negative".

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Two senior Trump administration officials told Reuters on Wednesday that the president, a Republican, had privately expressed reluctance to heed the advice of top advisers recommending he not reimpose the suspended sanctions.

Trump laid out conditions to keep Washington in the deal. But his explicit warning to Europe that the deal must be fixed by the time the next sanctions waivers are due in the spring creates a high-stakes diplomatic deadline that will be hard to meet.

Iran says its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes.

Meanwhile, Russia on Saturday said Washington would be making a grave mistake by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.

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.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker has been working on amending a USA law to include "trigger points" that if crossed by Iran would automatically bring back United States sanctions.

Britain, France and Germany had called on Trump on Thursday to uphold the pact. Trump has constantly criticised the pact inked between the six world powers - China, Russia, Britain, France, the USA and Germany - and Iran in 2015, in which the West promised to relieve sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a halt in Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

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