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Reluctant Trump grants sanctions relief to Iran one last time

13 January 2018

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear watchdog of the United Nations, has consistently reported that Iran has stayed within the main parameters of the deal.

The U.S. president must sign a waiver suspending the U.S. sanctions on Iran every 120 days. But the officials also want the triggers to include Iran's growing ballistic missile program, which was not part of the nuclear deal, and to remove sunset clauses that allow some nuclear restrictions to ease or phase out over time. Others were linked to support for the country's ballistic missile program.

In July 2015, Iran and six major powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - struck an accord formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in which Iran pledged to curb activities such as uranium enrichment.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said Saturday it "appreciates" Washington imposing additional sanctions on Iranian individuals, as well as President Donald Trump's efforts to address "shortcomings" of the nuclear deal with Tehran.

Congress has so far shown little interest in using legislation to undercut or change the current Iran nuclear deal.

With no solution yet forthcoming from Congress Mr Trump on Friday reluctantly extended a waiver on the nuclear-related sanctions. Trump has complained that numerous Iranian restrictions expire next decade and has vacillated between talk of toughening the deal and pulling the US out entirely. Reimposing sanctions would mean violating the Iran nuclear deal on the United States side.

The White House wants European Union signatories to agree permanent restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment.

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For weeks, world leaders have speculated whether Trump, who on the campaign trail called the Iran agreement "the worst deal ever", would carry through and pull out of the worldwide agreement.

Trump at that time essentially handed lawmakers the ball, saying it is up to Congress to decide whether to keep the status quo, slap the waived sanctions back on Tehran and blow up the 2015 deal - or set up what White House aides describe as "trigger points" that likely would put the nuclear pact in jeopardy.

Many of those sanctions - including one targeted at Larijani - were in response to the Iranian government's crackdown on peaceful protests that have swept the country in recent weeks.

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) didn't like the idea of waiving Iran's nuclear sanctions. Work already has begun on this front, the official said.

The EU said in a statement it had taken note of Trump's decision and would assess its implications.

"If at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately", said Trump in the statement. "My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon - not just for 10 years, but forever", Trump said.

Reluctant Trump grants sanctions relief to Iran one last time