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Iran rejects Trump demands for renegotiation of nuclear deal

Iran rejects Trump demands for renegotiation of nuclear deal

Targets include the head of the Iran judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani, and a Chinese ceramics company called BOCHUANG CERAMIC, INC.

U.S. officials and others familiar with the administration's deliberations told AP Trump was likely to back the accord for now but that he may pair his decision with new, targeted sanctions on Iranian businesses and people.

President Trump is re-certifying the Iranian nuclear deal Friday for another 120 days but warned it's the last time, as the USA seeks a tougher agreement against Tehran with European allies, and the administration slapped Iran with fresh sanctions.

"The Trump regime's hostile action (against Ayatollah Larijani). 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", Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state media.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it was a "desperate attempt" to undermine a "solid" deal.Germany said it would continue to call for the deal's full implementation and would consult on a "common way forward" with the United Kingdom and France. The administration also wants the sunset clause taken off the deal, keeping the prohibition on nuclear production in place forever. Germany said it remains committed to the "continued full implementation of the agreement" but would "talk to our European partners about next steps". Iran insists its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes.

Trump's latest move casts doubt on the future of the deal, a successful practice of solving a hotspot issue through political and diplomatic means.

Europeans say these issues should be kept separate from discussion of the deal, but in a nod to USA concerns, Mogherini stressed they were raised with Zarif on Thursday.

Officials, congressional aides and outside administration advisers said the president would likely extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in amending US legislation that governs Washington's participation in the accord.




Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) didn't like the idea of waiving Iran's nuclear sanctions.

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.

He further commented on Trump's attempts to prevent the expiration of restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities and said the 15-year period for the limits' expiration is one of the key provisions of the JCPOA and the United States can not violate it.

Despite signing off on the waivers, Trump's Treasury Department targeted several Iranian officials with sanctions over human rights abuses and ballistic missile development.

Aides said the President will waive sanctions for the final time, Reuters reported, pointing out that if the deal is not strengthened with a follow-up agreement in 120 days, the U.S. Trump has repeatedly criticized the accord, while Iran has accused the US of failing to comply with it.

Despite the lopsided cohort in favor the deal, the president has continued to recoil at the prospect of extending sanctions to Iran given his personal animus toward the deal and campaign promise to rip up the global accord during his first term in office.

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


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