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Trump to keep Iran nuclear deal intact – but with strings attached, says source

Those moves are meant to increase pressure without abrogating the nuclear accord that Iran reached with the USA and five other world powers, according to two administration officials familiar with the matter.

French President Emmanuel Macron has held talks with his USA counterpart Donald Trump on telephone, in which they discussed issues related to Iran and North Korea, according to the Elysee Palace.

The Trump administration moved to ratchet up pressure on Iran Thursday as the president faces a series of deadlines for decisions on sanctions underpinning the 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.

Mr. Trump's decision came after a Thursday meeting with his national security team on a turbulent day, during which he made a vulgar reference to immigrants in a meeting with senators and told The Wall Street Journal, "I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un". "I would expect an announcement either later today or tomorrow morning". Some Iran hawks want to see both sets of restrictions return, but the six people with knowledge of Trump's plans say the president isn't planning to reinstate either at this point.

While former US State Department adviser on Iran Suzanne Maloney explained that Trump's main objection to the deal was not the details, but the fact that the Iranian Regime is a "fundamentally evil entity".

She was addressing a meeting on the deal convened by the European Union and foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain, along with Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif.

Yet keeping the USA in the JCPOA goes against one of Trump's major campaign promises and contradicts his repeated characterization of it as one of the worst deals in history.

Despite the nuclear deal, most USA trade with and investment in Iran is banned under separate US sanctions for its human rights abuses, ballistic missiles and support for terrorism.

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Majid Takht-Ravanchi, who was involved in crafting the nuclear deal, has also said, "We are ready for any situation especially the worst scenario on the JCPOA and we have made planning in a way that the USA will be surprised by the speed of our response".

Iran's atomic energy agency suggested that the country could resume and accelerate uranium enrichment if the sanctions are reimposed.

A unilateral US withdrawal from the Iran deal would be another blow to America's diplomatic credibility, which has already been damaged after its multiple "retreats" from the global organizations and commitments previous year.

"In the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies", he said over the fall, "then the agreement will be terminated". European officials separately said they did. He added that unrelated worldwide complaints about Iran can be dealt with separately.

"President Macron reaffirmed France's determination to see the agreement strictly enforced and the importance for all of its signatories to abide by it", Macron's office said in a statement to reporters.

Tillerson told The Associated Press in an interview last week that he and others were working with Congress on ways to amend the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, or INARA, to resolve concerns Trump has with the deal. But they said the issue should be kept separate from the nuclear deal.

Critics and proponents of the nuclear accord disagree sharply over whether it has strengthened, or undermined, Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, who negotiated the deal, or the hard-liners in Tehran's clerical leadership.

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