Trump issues ultimatum to 'fix' Iran nuclear deal

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Continuing to maintain and implement the Iran nuclear deal is the responsibility of all parties concerned, and is the common wish of the worldwide community, said Wang, adding that this will help uphold global non-proliferation regime, maintain regional peace and stability as well as solve other hot issues in the world.

The nuclear deal was negotiated with Iran by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany.

Iran says the 2015 nuclear deal is not up for renegotiation, after US President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw from the agreement if its "terrible flaws" were not fixed. Mr. Trump is expected to decide by Friday whether to extend the sanctions relief or re-impose the restrictions his predecessor, President Barack Obama, suspended two years ago.

On Friday, Mr Trump agreed to waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the worldwide deal but said it would be the last time unless conditions were met to fix what he called "significant flaws" in the deal.

The president's proposals to "fix the deal's disastrous flaws" include Iran's agreement to open all sites immediately to worldwide inspectors and an assurance from Tehran that it will never develop a nuclear weapon.

Under the deal, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme, in exchange for lifting of most sanctions.

The EU said in a statement it had taken note of Trump's decision and would assess its implications.

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The US also declared sanctions against 14 entities and people, including Iran's head of judiciary Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.

The Iranian statement said the targeting of one of the officials, judiciary chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani, "crossed all behavioural red lines of the global community".

"Diplomacy Works, a pressure group founded by former US secretary of state John Kerry to defend the 2015 deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, gave a biting evaluation of Trump's move, saying ". the president's plan includes bullying our allies into fundamentally altering the terms of a deal that they know is working for our mutual security and have publicly stated they have no interest in amending".

The waiver he will sign suspends U.S. sanctions on Iran for another 120 days, BBC reports.

"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.

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.

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