Trump threat angers Iran, dismays allies

Katrina Barker
January 16, 2018

The Iranian president further hailed the deal as "a long-lasting victory for Iran".

"He intends to work with our European partners on some kind of follow-on agreement that enshrines certain triggers that the Iranian regime can not exceed related to ballistic missiles, related to nuclear breakout period... to inspection and that would have no sunset clause", said the officials, according to The Hill. In effect, he is asking them to act as mediators to accomplish changes that Iran is refusing to make.

"Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw", he said.

Trump agreed to waive sanctions against Iran for the last time to give the United States and European allies a final chance to amend the pact.

While the US President Trump has repeatedly claimed that the deal was too lenient and that Iran had broken parts of the agreement, Iran has said the original deal is non-negotiable and it will stick to the accord as long as the other signatories respect it.

Mr Trump has also approved sanctions against the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, who the administration holds culpable for the violent crackdown on recent anti-government protests.

"The United States will not stand by while the Iranian regime continues to engage in human rights abuses and injustice", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. "Trump, despite his repeated efforts, has failed to undermine the accord ..."

On Thursday, European foreign ministers met in Brussels with Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, seemingly to press Tehran about its destabilising activities in the Middle East.

Last October, Trump declined to certify Iran's compliance with the deal, accusing the Islamic Republic of committing "multiple violations of the agreement", but stopped short of calling on Congress to re-impose sanctions. The conditions included increased inspections, ensuring "Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon" and that there be no expiration dates to the nuclear deal.

Iran on Saturday warned of a "severe" response to the new sanctions.

To keep the 2015 deal alive before he is required to sign another waiver in 120 days from now, Trump outlined four "critical components" that must be included in U.S. legislation regarding Iran.

Is Trump being tough on Iran?

In the past, there were some cases of inspecting Iran's military sites such as Parchin, which was once inspected by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Kamalvandi said. In other words, is Trump being tough on Iran, or is he just talking tough. But any bill he sign must include these four critical components.

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