U.S. can not undermine Iran nuclear deal: Rouhani

16 January, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Irene Delgado
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It should be noted that while Trump waived the wide-ranging nuclear sanctions, the United States also implemented targeted sanctions against 14 Iranian individuals and organizations, including the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.

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

He told the global community, in particular his European allies, either to fix the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or he would withdraw the U.S. from the nuclear deal.

"If at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach", he said in a statement Friday, "I will withdraw from the deal immediately".

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

His ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans - key backers and parties to the 2015 worldwide agreement to curb Iran's nuclear programme - to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days. The conditions included increased inspections, ensuring "Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon" and that there be no expiration dates to the nuclear deal.

On Thursday, European foreign ministers met in Brussels with Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, seemingly to press Tehran about its destabilising activities in the Middle East.

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Donald Trump gave the Iranian Regime a final chance to mend its ways when he waived nuclear sanctions for 120 days, this past weekend. They are concerned about Iran's nuclear programme but also its aggressive expansionism in the region and agree that Trump is now doing, what they have been doing to years: tying Iran's Iran's ballistic missile programme, support for terrorism and nuclear programme together.

Is Trump being tough on Iran?

Even though Mr Trump has now imposed a 120-day deadline on his European partners, it does not appear like they have the appetite to negotiate a follow-on agreement regarding Iran.

In his statement, Trump said he is waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure US's European allies' agreement to fix the "terrible flaws" of the Iran nuclear deal.

"The regime's destructive missiles threaten neighbouring countries and global shipping". They also have said they don't think it realistically can be modified and have urged the United States to stick to its commitments and work separately on issues like human-rights abuses, corruption, ballistic-missile testing and Iran's support for militant groups in other countries.

The US, he said, is countering Iranian proxy wars in Yemen and Syria.

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