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Iran dismisses US pressure to renegotiate nuclear deal

14 January 2018

The agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, restricted Iran's controversial nuclear program in exchange for broad relief from worldwide sanctions.

The Foreign Ministers of Britain, France and Germany threw their weight behind the pact limiting Iran's nuclear ambitions and insisted that the Islamic Republic is respecting it.

He wrote that rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, the USA must bring itself into full compliance just like Iran.

Mr Trump is waiving nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time, administration officials said - comments that were quickly followed by a stark warning from the President: "Either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".

The ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans - key backers and parties to the 2015 global agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program - to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days.

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

"This is a last chance".

In a freakish kicker in the waiver announcement, the United States indicated it hopes to rewrite much of the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and to get its European allies, who wholly back the deal as it is, to do the bargaining for them, he said.

He said the pact should be strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days, or else the United States will withdraw.

"This could be one of Washington's major foreign political mistakes, one of the major miscalculations of America's policy", Ryabkov said.

In conjunction with the waivers, the Treasury Department placed sanctions on 14 people and entities for alleged offenses unrelated to Iran's nuclear industry.

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"We are targeting the Iranian regime, including the head of Iran's judiciary, for its appalling mistreatment of its citizens, including those imprisoned exclusively for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and for censoring its own people as they stand up in protest against their government", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.

A ban on USA financial institutions doing business with Iranian banks remains in place.

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

Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a statement reported by the state-run IRNA news agency that it "will not move beyond its commitments" in the 2015 agreement and "will accept no change in the letter and spirit of the nuclear accord".

Analyst Richard Nephew said whether Trump's conditions could be met depended on whether he wants a face-saving way to live with the nuclear deal with the political cover of tough-sounding USA legislation, or whether he really wants the deal rewritten.

On Saturday, the spokesman for the Iranian parliament's presiding board, Behrouz Nemati, said that the JCPOA is an worldwide agreement that neither the United States nor any other powers can violate unilaterally, according to Tasnim news agency.

The Iranian statement said the targeting of one of the officials, judiciary chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani, "crossed all behavioral red lines of the worldwide community". It gave Iran far too much in exchange for far too little.

Iran has said its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful uses. But it has said it would "shred" the deal if Washington quit.

Diplomacy Works, a pressure group set up by former secretary of state John Kerry to defend the deal, was scathing. You're not going to get Democratic votes for rewriting the deal.

"This could be one of Washington's big foreign policy mistakes, a big miscalculation in American policy", he said.

He paired Friday's concession with other, targeted sanctions on Iran for human rights abuses and ballistic missile development.

Iran dismisses US pressure to renegotiate nuclear deal