Iran to Donald Trump: We are Not Renegotiating


US President Donald Trump Friday opted to extend sanctions relief provided to Iran as part of the 2015 nuclear deal, but he warned European allies that he would pull out of the pact unless its "terrible flaws" are corrected.

Issuing designations for 14 individuals and entities, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the USA will not stand by while the Iranian regime continues to engage in human rights abuses and injustice. "Now he wants to send the ball in the Europeans' court, so that if he fails to do anything against Iran, he will be able to say it is Europe's shortcoming".

"They should not do business with groups that enrich Iran's dictatorship or fund the [IRGC] and its terrorist proxies", said Trump.

Moscow expects the United States to present two anti-Russian reports with the sanctions, Ryabkov told Tass news agency.

While Trump did not levy nuclear sanctions on the regime, the administration is hitting Iran with several other sanctions for its ballistic missile activity and violent crackdown on anti-government protesters in recent weeks.

The US Treasury issued a statement on Friday saying Ayatollah Amoli-Larijani was responsible for the "torture or cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in Iran, including amputations".

Notably absent from the entities was Iran's Central Bank.

The U.S. waived all provisions of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (ITRSHR) of 2012 except for those that applied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its affiliates.

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Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, took to Twitter to describe Trump's decision and the announcement as 'desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement'. These areas fall outside the scope of the nuclear deal.

The president revoked a 2012 presidential executive order that slapped sanctions on companies that purchased oil from Iran, conducted transactions with its national oil company or helped Iran buy previous metals and USA banknotes.

Although the US president declined to seize an opportunity to withdraw from the Iran deal - which he has long railed against and formerly promised to "rip up" - he gave a four-month deadline to US Congress and America's main European allies to address what he called the "disastrous flaws" of the deal. The sanctions, when they are in place, target third parties overseas that deal with Iran and have the effect - because of the reach of the US dollar - of severely inhibiting trade with Iran.

The Trump administration has allowed the Iran Deal to continue with only minor sanctions added - but with an important caveat.

The prospect of a United States withdrawal from the Iran deal "will deliver a very serious blow to the whole system of global agreements and to the enhancing of the nuclear nonproliferation regime", he added. And they say he's not going to talk to Iran about this, only to the Europeans who were involved in making this deal.

Senior administration officials said Larijani has overseen the sentencing and execution of juveniles in Tehran.

Fourth, the legislation must explicitly state in United States law-for the first time-that long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs are inseparable, and that Iran's development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions. "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".