Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions, but for last time

Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions, but for last time

Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions, but for last time

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he will extend sanctions relief on Iran under a landmark nuclear deal for the last time, threatening a U.S. withdrawal from the pact if the U.S. Congress and his European allies cannot fix the alleged "disastrous flaws".

Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, described Mr Trump's comments as "extremely negative".

The foreign ministry vowed to retaliate, but did not say what form any action might take.

Washington announced sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.

"Here at the United Nations, we look forward to gaining new global cooperation to strengthen actions against Iranian missile activity, enforce arms embargoes that Iran violates, crack down on Iranian sponsorship of terrorism, and continue to shine a light on Iranian human rights violations", Haley said in a statement.

Russian Federation has warned the Trump administration that withdrawing from the multi-lateral Iran nuclear deal would be a grave error. "Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal", Trump said in a statement.

European signatories to the deal have pressured the United States to stick to the accord.

Robert Malley, who worked on the National Security Council under former President Barack Obama, said, "In a nutshell, he's saying, 'Kill the deal with me, or we'll kill it alone'". Trump has said that the nuclear deal, which he called the "worst deal in history", was flawed in part because it did not address missile development. "This is a last chance", Trump said in a statement.

"It would be an agreement amongst the United States and our European partners to reimpose multilateral sanctions should the Iranians surpass the new triggers that we would lay out", he said. "It's going to be complicated to save the deal after this", said one European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Most prominent among the 14 individuals and entities named in the new sanctions was Sadegh Amoli Larijani, who heads Iran's judiciary and who is brother to the speaker of the Iranian parliament.

Despite his objections this is the third time President Trump has renewed the deal and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday "nobody has so far produced a better alternative".

"Russia will do everything in its power to save the agreement", he said. They've been lobbying hard to keep the Trump administration in, arguing that the deal is working.

"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. Trump said U.S. law must tie long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs together, making any missile testing by Iran subject to "severe sanctions".

Iran promised a strong reaction to the sanctions, which it said violate worldwide law and prior U.S. commitments. Those points would have to be blessed by Congress and woven into a supplemental deal forged with the US' European allies.

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.

Iran has complained that United States sanctions not connected to nuclear activity have effectively cancelled out any financial benefits it expected from the 2015 deal.

KELEMEN: No. You know, there are all sorts of other sanctions on Iran.

A report this week by analysts at the NY financial services company Citigroup said any move to weaken the nuclear deal would cause the "dislocation of at least 500,000 barrels a day of Iranian crude oil exports, especially those going to Korea and Japan, as well as to some European countries", according to CNBC.

"While Britain may move to support the US on this, Germany and France are likely to be strongly opposed", he said.

Iran warned in August that it could return "within five days" to high-level enrichment if the USA pulled out of the deal. My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon-not just for ten years, but forever.

Trump has repeatedly denounced the nuclear agreement negotiated by his predecessor and in October declined to certify that it's in the interests of the US.