Iran Rejects Trump Demand For Renegotiation Of Nuclear Deal
Iran Rejects Trump Demand For Renegotiation Of Nuclear Deal
US President Donald Trump was meeting with his top security advisors on Iran sanctions reliefSAUL LOEB
14 January, 2018, 14:09
Trump announced on Friday that the US would keep the pact in place and waive sanctions against Iran for the "last time", in order to secure agreement from the US' European allies to fix its "terrible flaws". "JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, USA must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran". It prevents Iran from developing nuclear weapons while offering sanctions relief to allow it to participate in global commerce and banking.
"The idea is they [should] never expire", a senior administration official, speaking anonymously, said of the restrictions in briefing reporters ahead of the announcement.
He did not set a deadline, but under USA law the president is required to waive sanctions every four months.
He paired Friday's concession with other, targeted sanctions on Iran for human rights abuses and ballistic missile development.
"The internal solidity of and worldwide support for the agreement have blocked attempts by Mr. Trump, the Zionist regime [of Israel], and the ominous alliance of hard-line warmongers to terminate this agreement or make changes to it", the ministry said.
"The Trump administration's policy announced today sets impossible standards that would ultimately isolate the United States rather than isolating the regime in Tehran", he said.
Administration officials said Trump would pull the United States out of the agreement if the fixes are not made.
"The nuclear deal is an internationally recognized and concluded pact and is not renegotiable", Tehran's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that Iran "will not accept any change in the deal, neither now nor in future". He wants to require more robust inspections of nuclear facilities.
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Trump said he is open to working with Congress on bipartisan legislation regarding Iran.
Despite the lopsided cohort in favor the deal, the president has continued to recoil at the prospect of extending sanctions to Iran given his personal animus toward the deal and campaign promise to rip up the worldwide accord during his first term in office.
The entities sanctioned include Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace and its subsidiary, the National Cyberspace Center, which police the Internet, restricting access to websites that challenge the regime.
French President, in a telephone call with Trump on Thursday, emphasized France's "determination to see the strict application of the deal and the importance of all the signatories to respect it", Macron's office said.
During that four-month period, he wants Congress and America's main European allies to draw up a new deal - without negotiating with Tehran - to replace the "disastrous flaws" in the current agreement.
The U.S. decision in imposing new sanctions on the Iranian individuals and entities proves the U.S. government's animosity towards the great Iranian nation.
"This could be one of Washington's big foreign policy mistakes, a big miscalculation in American policy", he said.
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He said: "First of all, we don't even really know that you have missiles and nuclear weapons that you suggest you have". The venue for luge, bobsleigh and skeleton events at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.
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