Trump to approve Iran nuclear deal 'for last time'

The Nation

The Nation

Mr Trump said: "Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal".

On Friday, Trump extended waivers of key economic sanctions on Iran for another 120 days but said he was doing so "for the last time".

The Republican said in a statement: "This is a last chance".

Iran says its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes. "But the clear reluctance with which he has issued the sanctions waivers will continue to weigh on the business community", said Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, founder of the Europe-Iran Forum, a business network.

It said the sanctions are against global law and go against USA commitments, saying they would bring a "strong reaction" from Iran. It has said it will stick to the accord as long as the other signatories respect it but will "shred" the deal if Washington pulls out.

Iran has repeatedly said that the nuclear accord could not be renegotiated, including earlier Saturday when the Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying Tehran would "accept no changes" to the deal and will not allow the accord to be linked to any non-nuclear issue.

He cited what he said were efforts by Tehran to obtain nuclear weapons, develop ballistic missiles, and support terrorist organizations, as well as what he called regional aggression, and "the cruel repression of Iranian citizens".

Trump's policy & today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement, maliciously violating its paras 26, 28 & 29.

The administration emphasized that Trump also wants to see US legislation stating that the ballistic missile program is an inseparable part of its nuclear program, and should be treated as the same in terms of American sanctions.

For Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Trump's actions are an attempt to unilaterally destroy a multilateral deal, a move Zarif believes is not allowable under worldwide law.

On Friday, announcing his decision to waive the application of certain sanctions related to oil sales and Iran's banking system, he said he was only making the move to secure European allies' agreement to fix the deal's "flaws".

Second, it must ensure that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon. He wants to require more robust inspections of nuclear facilities.

The ministry added the president is "continuing to take hostile measures against the Iranian people and repeating the threats that have failed many times". There are about 400 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors in Iran, and they indicate Iran is complying with the deal.

"While Britain may move to support the US on this, Germany and France are likely to be strongly opposed", he said.

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