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Iran Rejects Trump's Demands to Change 2015 Nuclear Deal

Iran Rejects Trump's Demands to Change 2015 Nuclear Deal”

Trump gave the Iran nuclear deal a final reprieve on Friday but told European allies and Congress they had to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the pact or face a U.S. exit.

The president said in a statement on January 12 that he was granting a waiver on U.S. sanctions for another 120 days for the "last" time to provide time to negotiate changes with European powers to strengthen the accord, particularly by making permanent curbs on Iran's nuclear activities that currently are scheduled to expire within 10 years.

The U.S. also plans to release two reports with the new rounds of sanctions, according to the news service, one of which details the effects of sanctions so far and one that details the likely growing number of Russian companies and officials sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury.

"Rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran", Mr Zarif tweeted immediately after Mr Trump's speech.

US President Donald Trump announced he would not reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran, keeping a landmark 2015 deal alive... for now.

U.S. presidents, under existing American law, must waive the sanctions every few months to prevent them from causing Iran to declare the nuclear pact violated and simply walk away to resume pursuit of an atomic arsenal.

The United States is the only party that has threatened to scrap the deal, a stance that has been confronted by other participants. The other parties to the agreement would have been unlikely to join the United States in reimposing sanctions.

But "Trump was forced once again to extend Iran's nuclear sanctions waiver despite all the boasts", he added.

Calling Trump's act a violation of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Javad Zarif said the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is in no way renegotiable in a statement released on Saturday.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

The legislation is required to include certain "triggers" which will automatically lead to a reimposition of the sanctions if Iran fails to apply. The enormous financial windfall the Iranian regime received because of the deal - access to more than $100 billion, including $1.8 billion in cash - has not been used to better the lives of the Iranian people.

The Trump administration asked Congress then to come up with and pass a companion agreement that addresses those issues.

"In what we heard yesterday, I don't see any invitation for Iran to enter dialogue", he said.

The Trump administration has sanctioned Iran over its ballistic missile development and support of groups affiliated with terrorism.

Nile Gardiner, director of the Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation, said Mr. Trump is "taking the right approach".



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