Trump Gives World Four Months to Change Iran Nuclear Deal


Trump had waived the sanctions on Friday to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the "terrible flaws" of the deal.

Peter Westmacott, the former British ambassador to the United States who was involved in the negotiations on that deal, writes that if Trump really wants to help the Iranian people and support their protests, he would stay in the deal.

The announcement will mean that for the time being, the United States is not withdrawing from the nuclear deal or is not now proactively working to see it canceled, despite the fact that Trump promised to do so during his election campaign.

With council members divided in their views of the demonstrations that have roiled the Islamic Republic, it's not yet clear how the discussion will take shape or what might come out of it. Iran's prosecutor general, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, said Thursday that an American CIA official was the "main designer" of the demonstrations.

Parsi added that Trump's actions contradict an obligation under the accord to refrain from interfering with the implementation of the sanctions relief required under the deal.

Trump has previously described the nuclear agreement as "the worst deal ever negotiated", even though Iran has been repeatedly found to be in full compliance. Would you rather deal with those things with Iran having nuclear weapons or not having them?

This would be the last time Trump will waive the sanctions as he pursues measures to strengthen the 2015 agreement, the officials said.

The agreement Trump wants to make with the Europeans should also involve Iran's long-range missile program, the White House said Friday.

That in turn would cause crude prices to rise by $5 a barrel, Citigroup wrote, "as customers losing oil under US pressure scramble for replacements at a time when OPEC and other producers have put a lid on their output".

After Tehran had implemented its part of the deal, which was confirmed during IAEA's inspection trips, on January 16, 2016 the US administration under President Barack Obama lifted sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program. I said I would not certify the nuclear deal-and I did not.

While Mr. Trump approved the sanctions waiver, the Treasury Department announced new, targeted sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadeq Amoli Larijani, a close ally of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

As the tensions between Washington and Tehran continue to rise, a senior Iranian official said that his country will continue to develop ballistic missiles.

Trump and his top advisers have been negotiating with United States lawmakers on Capitol Hill to try to change sanctions legislation so that he does not face a deadline on whether to recertify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal every 90 days. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump was highly critical of the deal, at one point calling it "the highest level of incompetence".

Trump first called on the European nations to reopen the deal to modifications in October; there has been no sign that any party to the deal outside Trump is willing to do so.