12 Jan 2018
Unites States President Donald Trump on Friday extended sanctions relief for Iran for the “last time,” but highlighted the nuclear agreement’s “terrible flaws” that need to be addressed.
The waiver lifts US sanctions on Iran for another three months, after which time he may choose to renew it again or refuse to extend it, as he is threatening to do if his terms are not met.
Trump wants, amongst other items, the removal of the ‘sunset clauses’, which allow Iran to resume atomic activity after some years. His policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon — “not just for ten years, but forever,” he said
On Thursday, however, Germany, France and the United Kingdom said they backed the deal in its current state.
“While we have expressed concerns related to other issues, such as development of ballistic missiles and increasing tensions in the region, these issues are outside the scope of the nuclear agreement and are and will be addressed in the relevant formats and fora”, said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.
Trump also said he is open to working with Congress on legislation regarding Iran but it must be on a number of conditions, including that Iran allow immediate inspections at all sites requested by international inspectors.
“If Iran does not comply with any of these provisions, American nuclear sanctions would automatically resume.” Trump said.
The US Treasury department also said it was imposing sanctions on 14 individuals and entities.
US Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said: “We are targeting the Iranian regime, including the head of Iran’s judiciary, for its appalling mistreatment of its citizens, including those imprisoned solely for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly.
“We are also targeting Iran’s ballistic missile program and destabilizing activities, which it continues to prioritize over the economic well-being of the Iranian people,” he added.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted: “Trump’s policy & today’s announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement.”
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