Zarif to Trump: Nuclear deal 'not renegotiable'

Zarif to Trump: Nuclear deal 'not renegotiable'

Zarif to Trump: Nuclear deal 'not renegotiable'

Trump warned that he would scrap the agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program - an accord he has long despised - unless European countries "join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal".

As for the 2015 deal, Trump has said: "We got weak inspections in exchange for no more than a purely short-term, temporary delay for Iran on its path toward nuclear weapons".

The US Congress requires the president to approve sanctions waivers related to the deal - signed by Iran, the US, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Germany, China and the European Union - every 120 days.

He also approved targeted sanctions against several Iranian government officials for corruption and human rights abuses, some related to anti-government protests that have convulsed Iranian cities this month, the sources said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticized President Trump, saying the nuclear deal is not renegotiable. While the USA and other world powers rolled back economic restrictions on Tehran, the Iranians severely curtailed their enrichment of uranium and other nuclear activity. The White House said the move was a response to Tehran's crackdown on recent anti-government demonstrations, which left 18 protesters dead and thousands under arrest. "It would be an agreement amongst the United States and our European partners to re-impose multilateral sanctions should the Iranians surpass the new triggers that we would lay out".

"This is a last chance", Trump said, pushing for a separate agreement. The plea by the European ministers came a day before President Trump has to decide whether to sign a series of waivers to keep the suspension of sanctions intact. October was his first time refusing to certify the deal.

Currently, the deal has a sunset clause after which, even President Barack Obama acknowledged, Iran would have a breakout time for producing enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon of about zero.

The White House said Trump underscored to Macron that Iran must cease its "destabilizing activity" in the region, including its support for terrorism.

According to Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, Trump is not necessarily backing away from his campaign promise to abandon the deal, but is instead attempting to kill it in an indirect way.

U.S. officials and others familiar with the administration's deliberations told AP Trump was likely to back the accord for now but that he may pair his decision with new, targeted sanctions on Iranian businesses and people.

There is not a lot of evidence that the nuclear deal is good for the people of Iran who are now protesting widespread corruption that has bankrupted their economy in spite of sanctions relief and the unfreezing of billions in foreign assets.

President Donald Trump must decide by Friday whether to continue to back the provisions of the nuclear deal, which effectively opened Iran to global commerce including a tentative deal with US aircraft maker Boeing. Among them is the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani.

Trump's declaration puts great pressure on Britain, France and Germany, the European signatories to nuclear pact with Iran. He added that the European parties are "fully aware that Iran's continued compliance (is) conditioned on full compliance by the United States".

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