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Donald Trump keeps Iran nuclear deal alive by waiving economic sanctions

Donald Trump keeps Iran nuclear deal alive by waiving economic sanctions

Iran has said that it will retaliate against the sanctions imposed by the United States on the head of its judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani.

President Donald Trump will uphold the Iran nuclear deal, which means the USA will continue waiving nuclear-related economic sanctions on Iran, and the US will also impose new sanctions on Iran, White House officials said Friday.

The statement read, "The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses clearly that it will take no measures beyond its commitments under the JCPOA and will accept no changes to this agreement now or in the future and will not allow that the JCPOA be linked to any other issue [than the nuclear issue]".

Speaking in Moscow on January 13, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow was "alarmed" by the latest US steps, adding that Russia believes "the USA has already made its internal decision" to withdraw from the agreement with Iran.

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. At that time, Trump had said the deal would be "terminated" if an agreement wasn't reached.

Trump had come under heavy pressure from European allies to issue the sanctions waiver.

Congress has so far shown little interest in using legislation to undercut or change the current Iran nuclear deal.

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Bhala can discuss why the president's position is wrong as well as the requirements of the deal for the U.S., Iran and global allies. The other parties to the agreement would have been unlikely to join the United States in reimposing sanctions.

A decision to withhold a waiver would have effectively ended the deal that limits Iran's nuclear program.

The official added that President Trump intends to "work with our European partners on some kind of follow-on agreement that enshrines certain triggers that the Iranian regime can not exceed related to ballistic missiles, related to nuclear breakout period that holds them to one year or less, would hold them to inspections and would have no sunset clause".

"While Britain may move to support the USA on this, Germany and France are likely to be strongly opposed", he said. "In absence of such an agreement [between the U.S. and European powers], the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal".

The 2015 agreement was signed by Barack Obama, Mr Trump's predecessor, and saw economic sanctions waived in return for Iran not developing nuclear weapons. He accused Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the agreement even though the International Atomic Energy Agency says Tehran is complying.

Trump also wants Iran's ballistic missile programme to be addressed. Other sanctions target suppliers of Iran's military and Iran's cybersecurity sector, which the administration officials said plays a central role in censorship in Iran.

President Donald Trump has extended waivers of nuclear sanctions against Iran.