Trump Again Waives Iran Sanctions

Trump to keep Iran nuclear deal alive for now

Bhala can discuss why the president's position is wrong as well as the requirements of the deal for the U.S., Iran and worldwide allies. He wants to require more robust inspections of nuclear facilities.

"The United States will not stand by while the Iranian regime continues to engage in human rights abuses and injustice", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement. The administration emphasized that Trump also wants to see USA legislation stating that the ballistic missile program is an inseparable part of its nuclear program, and should be treated as the same in terms of American sanctions.

The Iran agreement between the United States, Iran, France, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, and Germany was a signature deal of the Obama administration completed in 2015, that exchanged billions in sanctions relief for measures that would restrict Tehran's nuclear program.

Trump says the deal has flaws.

The 14 Iranian individuals and entities sanctioned Friday include a notorious prison and members of the Islamic Republic's judiciary who have sentenced dissidents to death.

Trump also wanted the U.S. Congress to amend a law on U.S. participation in the nuclear deal, so that Washington could reimpose all sanctions if Iran breaches certain "trigger points".

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.

The 2015 agreement was signed by Barack Obama, Mr Trump's predecessor, and saw economic sanctions waived in return for Iran not developing nuclear weapons.

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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 global agreement.

In sharp contrast to Trump's view that the 2015 pact was "the worst deal ever negotiated", European leaders met with Iranian officials Thursday to reaffirm their commitment to the nuclear deal and stress that there was no alternative to it.

He had called for a crackdown on "rioters" and "vandals" following a recent spate of anti-government protests in Iranian cities.

"The idea is they (should) never expire", a senior administration official, speaking anonymously, said of the restrictions in briefing reporters ahead of the announcement.

"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.

Trump had faced a Friday deadline to decide on whether to waive the sanctions.

Zarif has said Trump's aggressive stance on the deal and Iran generally have also violated the commitment to "refrain from any policy specifically meant to directly and adversely affect the normalization of trade and economic relations with Iran" under paragraph 29.

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