Iran rejects Trump's call for changes to nuclear deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel right and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak at a press conference at the Chancellery in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel right and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak at a press conference at the Chancellery in Berlin

The president also wants the US Congress to amend a law on US participation in the nuclear deal, so that Washington could reimpose all sanctions if Iran breaches certain "trigger points".This will involve negotiations between the US and its European allies rather than talks with Iran, the official said.

Zarif tweeted that Trump's policy and his announcement on Friday amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement. "JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, United States must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran".

The Foreign Ministers of Britain, France and Germany threw their weight behind the pact limiting Iran's nuclear ambitions and insisted that the Islamic Republic is respecting it. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately. These penalties largely cut Iran out of the worldwide financial system, until they were suspended by Obama under the nuclear deal.

Trump will next have to deal with these decisions in 120 days, in mid-May.

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

The Foreign Ministry rejected any changes to the JCPOA. "The deal is a long-lasting victory for Iran", President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech, broadcast live on state TV.

Trump has called the 2015 deal struck by the Obama administration with five other nations and Iran the "worst deal ever negotiated".

Mossad chief Yossi Cohen speaks at the launch event for intelligence agency’s Libertad Fund
Mossad chief Yossi Cohen speaks at the launch event for intelligence agency’s Libertad Fund

Trump said four "critical components" must now be worked into the agreement: immediate inspections at all sites requested by worldwide inspectors, measures to ensure Iran "never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon", no policy "expiration date", and no distinction between the Islamic Republic's long-range missile and nuclear weapons programmes regarding the imposition of sanctions.

The Trump administration asked Congress then to come up with and pass a companion agreement that addresses those issues.

The EU said in a statement it had taken note of Trump's decision and would assess its implications. It is hard to imagine how Tehran would take European demands for changing the deal seriously when those players know the demands come under duress.

One of the individuals is Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, the head of Iran's judicial system.

Trump said he had reluctantly agreed to extend the waivers only in order to secure the support of America's European allies to fix the agreement. Most of those sanctions including the ones imposed on Iran's judiciary chief came as a effect of the crackdown by the government of its citizens who were protesting peacefully last week.

"This could be one of Washington's big foreign policy mistakes, a big miscalculation in American policy", he said.


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