'Not renegotiable': Iran rejects Trump's demand for changes to nuclear deal

Iran rejects Donal Trump's new sanctions for the nuclear deal

Iran rejects Donal Trump's new sanctions for the nuclear deal

The president said in a statement on January 12 that he was granting a waiver on USA sanctions for another 120 days for the "last" time to provide time to negotiate changes with European powers to strengthen the accord, particularly by making permanent curbs on Iran's nuclear activities that now are scheduled to expire within 10 years.

The analyst detailed that the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned a total of 14 Iranian officials and companies on Friday, including the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.

Describing sanctions against Larijani as "hostile action", Iran's Foreign Ministry said the move "crossed all red lines of conduct in the global community and is a violation of worldwide law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic", state media reported.

At the same time, Trump also levied new sanctions against Iran and said this is the last such waiver he'll sign unless "significant flaws" in the current deal are addressed.

"Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw". Trump said that his decision will give Tehran and America's European allies time to fix the deal's "terrible flaws".

Mr. Le Drian called on all parties to uphold the agreement, noting that "our American allies should respect it as well".

The regime in Iran has slammed the decision by the United States president Donald trump of targeting their judiciary chief with sanctions.

Addressing the First Conference of Asian Cultural Dialogueue in Tehran on Saturday, Zarif lashed out at US President Donald Trump's recent racist slur against countries, saying that such an approach hindered inclusive dialogue among nations. Trump's ultimatum was also paired with fresh sanctions against Iran for alleged human rights abuses and ballistic missile development.

The U.S. Congress requires the president to decide periodically whether to certify Iran's compliance with the deal and issue a waiver to allow U.S sanctions to remain suspended.

French President Emmanuel Macron called Trump on Thursday and stressed France's determination to see "the strict application of the deal and the importance of all the signatories to respect it".

The Trump administration has accused Iran of fomenting instability and violence across the Mideast, and the president's decision gives the White House and Congress more time to forge legislation punishing the country for that behavior without directly ending the nuclear accord that Iran reached with the US and five other world powers.

The U.S. has been holding frequent, discreet talks with European leaders about what's next regarding the accord, which Iran reached with the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation.

"All of those steps can be taken outside of the nuclear deal, but if we cannot achieve worldwide consensus on them, then it will become even clearer that the nuclear deal is an impediment to peace", Haley said.

Officials said the administration will discuss the changes it is seeking with Europeans but will not talk directly with Iran. It prevents Iran from developing nuclear weapons while offering sanctions relief to allow it to participate in global commerce and banking.

The calculus is trickier within the GOP, which united against the Iran deal when Obama inked it.