Zarif: Trump 'desperate' to undermine nuclear deal

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani

"Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal", Trump said in a statement, saying the options were to fix "the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".

Trump wants to agree with Europe on an American-European agreement to re-impose sanctions on Iran even if it takes steps to renew some aspects of its nuclear program twenty or thirty years from today.

Trump said this is the last chance, and in the absence of an agreement, the U.S. would not remain a party to the deal.

"This is a last chance", Trump said in a statement. Other protests had been staged in opposition to Iran's ballistic nuclear missile program.

President Trump spent a lot of time on the campaign trail and his first year in office railing against the Iran deal that the US and several European countries signed with the Middle East nation in 2015.

On Saturday, French president Emmanuel Macron stressed the "necessary respect by all parties" of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, in a telephone call with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hailed by Obama as key to stopping Iran from building a nuclear bomb, the deal lifted economic sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear ambitions.

Crude prices have been rising for weeks, in part amid expectations that Trump might pull the United States from the nuclear deal, which, in turn, would re-instate sanctions against Iran and limit its ability to sell oil overseas.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had earlier said on Twitter that Trump's decision undermined the multilateral agreement.

President Trump said he was giving Europe and the United States "a last chance" to fix "terrible flaws" in the nuclear agreement signed by Iran and six world powers in 2015.

Trump also wants Congress to impose new strictures on dealing with Iran, including a law that would explicitly tie Iran's missile programs to its nuclear program.

The violent street protests that have spread throughout much of Iran in recent weeks seemed like effective pretext for Trump to reimpose sanctions, since he could argue that Iran's sclerotic regime was on its last legs, and that the USA had even less reason than normal to prop it up.

Trump had lengthy discussions on Thursday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security adviser HR McMaster and others about the deal, which was reached during the presidency of Democrat Barack Obama.

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. However, it is worthy of note that all these areas that Iranians are complaining about are outside the scope of the nuclear deal.

US President agreed, on Friday, not to reimpose nuclear sanctions on, but officials warned that it would be the last time he issues such a waiver.