Trump not to re-impose sanctions on Iran

Trump not to re-impose sanctions on Iran

President Donald Trump will extend the Iran nuclear deal one last time before abandoning it if lawmakers don't make changes, White House officials said Friday.

Trump demanded a follow-on agreement with European partners as well as an amendment to USA law linked to the Iran nuclear deal, senior administration officials said on Friday.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses clearly that it will not take any measures beyond its commitment to the [2015 deal], nor will it accept changes to this agreement now or any time in the future".

"This is a last chance", he added.

The Treasury Department also announced 14 new sanctions designations on Iran, including against entities in its aviation sector, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps cyber units and the head of Iran's judiciary.

"It's incumbent on those who oppose the (deal) really to come up with that better solution, because we haven't seen it so far", he said. The deal aims to prevent Iran from creating nuclear weapons while allowing the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Mr Trump extended the waivers of key economic sanctions that were lifted under the agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program.

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Although Trump approved the waivers on Friday, he has railed against the deal since his presidential campaign, particularly against what he calls "sunset clauses" that allow Tehran to gradually resume wider nuclear activities in the next decade.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif by phone that implementation of the deal had not been "derailed" but would face "some new complicating factors", the state news agency Xinhua reported.

Under the deal, the US president must sign a waiver suspending the USA sanctions on Iran every 120 days.

In October of previous year, Trump refused to recertify that Iran was in compliance with the agreement, saying the it was "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into". The administration accuses Larijani of being responsible for the violent crackdown on dissidents in Iran during recent protests. "First, it must demand that Iran allow immediate inspections at all sites requested by global inspectors".

The US president is required to renew the existing deal every 120 days under American law.

Trump will work with European partners on a follow-on agreement that enshrines certain triggers that the Iranian government can not exceed related to ballistic missiles, said a senior administration officials who briefed reporters on the decision.

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