Trump to keep Iran nuclear deal alive for now

Trump to keep Iran nuclear deal alive for now

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The 45th US president on Friday again gave a reprieve to the 44th's pact despite his longheld stance that it is "the worst deal ever".

The ministry added the president is "continuing to take hostile measures against the Iranian people and repeating the threats that have failed many times".

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.

Although Trump approved the waivers on Friday, he has railed against the deal since his presidential campaign, particularly against what he calls "sunset clauses" that allow Tehran to gradually resume wider nuclear activities in the next decade.

After repeatedly dubbing the 2015 pact the "the worst deal ever", Trump in October announced he was keeping the United States in the agreement. Most of those sanctions including the ones imposed on Iran's judiciary chief came as a outcome of the crackdown by the government of its citizens who were protesting peacefully last week. Its framework includes stipulations that Iran would redesign, convert and reduce its number of nuclear facilities in order to lift nuclear-related economical sanctions, which would reportedly free up billions of dollars in oil revenue and frozen assets for Iran.

The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned 14 companies and individuals in Iran and China - in connection with alleged human rights violations and weapons proliferation. There are about 400 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors in Iran, and they indicate Iran is complying with the deal.

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Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions on Iran for the last time to give the United States and European allies a final chance to amend the pact.

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".

"No-one should doubt my word".

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) didn't like the idea of waiving Iran's nuclear sanctions. I will also follow through on this pledge.

Trump refused to recertify the deal in October and has threatened to withdraw the United States if what he calls serious flaws in the accord can not be fixed by USA lawmakers and US allies.

A decision to withhold a waiver would have effectively ended the deal that limits Iran's nuclear program. "Those who, for whatever reason, choose not to work with us will be siding with the Iranian regime's nuclear ambitions, and against the people of Iran and the peaceful nations of the world".

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