President Trump announced Friday he would waive the sanctions against Iran for the "last time," giving the USA and its European partners a 120-day deadline to strengthen the deal that prohibits Iran from developing a nuclear program in exchange for entrance into global commerce and banking.
Under the deal, the U.S. president must sign a waiver suspending the USA sanctions on Iran every 120 days.
Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, tweeted Friday that the United States "must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran", in reference to the 2015 nuclear deal agreed between Iran and world powers, including Russian Federation.
Despite the Iran nuclear deal, the United States has sanctioned around 100 individuals and entities involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and other activities which the United States saw as "illicit".
Referring to Mr Trump's threats to scrap the nuclear deal, the statement said Iran "will not accept any amendments in this agreement, be it now or in the future, and it will not allow any other issues to be linked to the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]". Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: "either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw", read a statement. That is part of the US commitment in the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
The deadlines for a number of these waivers to be renewed will fall over the coming week, and Trump is obliged to decide whether or not to maintain sanctions relief.
Iran, despite repeatedly claiming its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes, has vowed to "shred" the deal if Washington pulls out.
At the same time as the renewed waiver was announced, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on 14 Iranian figures and companies, including the head of the country's judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani.
So far, the deal has helped defuse the Iranian nuclear crisis and bolstered the worldwide non-proliferation regime.
On the eve of Trump's announcement, diplomats from Britain, France, Germany and the European Union again called on Trump to uphold the pact. A White House spokesperson says that deal should address Tehran's ballistic missile program, tighten inspections, eliminate the agreement's sunset clauses and limit Iran to a one year breakout to obtain a nuclear weapon.
He wrote that rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, the U.S. must bring itself into full compliance just like Iran.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow has a "very negative stance" on the decisions and comments made by Trump about Iran, according to state news agency Sputnik. Broadly, the sanctions are meant to target Iran's "destabilizing behavior".