Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Iran sanctions: Tehran vows retaliation over Trump move

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis right listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Wednesday Jan. 10 2018 in Washington Iran sanctions: Tehran vows retaliation over Trump move
Patty Aguilar | 14 January, 2018, 04:04

Washington is expected to impose fresh penalties against Russian Federation as soon as early February for its alleged meddling in the 2016 United States presidential vote.

The White House wants European Union signatories to agree permanent restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment. He also called on Iran to stay calm and continue to fulfil obligations under the deal.

What are the new sanctions?

Among Trump's demands are the elimination of sunset provisions in the agreement that will phase out many restrictions on Iran's nuclear program in coming years, and spelling out that Tehran's nuclear and ballistic-missile programs should be considered "inseparable". The Treasury Department placed sanctions on the head of the Iranian judiciary and a notorious prison.

The new sanctions announced Friday focus on Iranian entities involved in the crackdown on recent protests in Iran. It was agreed upon by the United States under the administration of former President Barack Obama, Iran and five other countries in July 2015.

"The Trump regime's hostile action.crossed all red lines of conduct in the global community and is a violation of worldwide law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic", Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state media.

A key element of Trump's plan is that sanctions will be reimposed - or "snap back" - automatically if Congress finds Iran to be violating the terms of the accord.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that Iran "will not accept any change in the deal, neither now nor in the future" and it will "not take any action beyond its commitments".

"Trump's policy [and] today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement", Zarif tweeted shortly after Trump's statement.

What is the nuclear deal?

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In return, decades of global and United States nuclear-related sanctions were suspended.

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

The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Saturday condemning the new US sanctions on a number of Iranian individuals and entities, threatening to retaliate.

The action is the third time Mr Trump has given a reprieve to the agreement negotiated by the Obama administration, even though he has called it "the worst deal ever". "And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately".

The president said Friday he hoped to reach a supplementary agreement with the US's European allies to "impose new multilateral sanctions if Iran develops or tests long-range missiles, thwarts inspections (of its nuclear installations) or makes progress toward a nuclear weapon".

However, when Trump was elected, Riyadh and Tel Aviv found a new strong ally in their quest to discredit the deal and lobby the USA government against the Iranian government.

This would involve negotiations between the United States and its European allies rather than talks with Iran, the official said.

Zarif said, "Such words stream out of the mouth of an individual who deems himself the [chief] executive of a country; that culture, that orientation and approach is an obstacle in the way of a paradigm of inclusive dialogue".

A new round of USA sanctions expected against Moscow is an attempt to influence Russia's domestic affairs ahead of a presidential election, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Saturday (Jan 13).

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