Trump again extends Iran nuclear deal he vowed to rip up


Scuttling the nuclear deal would be a disaster, especially with the mass protests going on in Iran right now.

But he added that the administration "faces a huge challenge in getting European allies to strengthen the [nuclear agreement]". In the meantime, lawmakers opted not to take advantage of an opportunity to reimpose sanctions themselves.

This puts the U.S. in a jam even worse than Obama's deal left us in the first place. Iran's first reaction will be to expand its [mastering of] nuclear technology.

This comes through an executive waiver issued by the president.

"This is a last chance", Trump warned in a statement that outlined several tough new rules on Iran. Iran has been convulsed by anti-government protests for since late December, leading to the deaths of at least 21 people and thousands of detentions and arrests. They are hungry for food & for freedom.

MARTIN: All right. Ambassador Dennis Ross, a distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute, thanks so much for being with us this morning.

Trump and his top advisers have been negotiating with U.S. 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. Expect Trump to encircle the nuclear deal with enough sanctions over time that the mullahs will feel the economic pinch - and their people will grow even more frustrated with the regime.

The decision coincides with the administration's efforts to secure a fix from Congress on the requirement for Trump to address Iran's compliance every three months.

USA officials said the new sanctions were for human-rights abuses by the Iranian regime during its response to civil protests, and for weapons proliferation.

The landmark 2015 deal curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for the relaxing of punishing sanctions
Trump again extends Iran nuclear deal he vowed to rip up

Speaking ahead of an expected announcement from the Trump administration this week on whether it will keep sanctions on Iran suspended in line with the 2015 deal, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Thursday appealed to US allies to "scrupulously abide by" its commitments.

But it is not clear that comments from the likes of Qasemi and Ravanchi refer only to the resumption of voluntarily suspended nuclear activities, especially given that they are directed more specifically at the US.

The decision, first reported by the Associated Press, keeps the United States in the Iran deal, at least for the time being, despite Trump's suggestion previous year that he was inclined to walk away from it. "We are in the process of trying to deliver on the promise he made to fix it".

However, the second part involves the White House certifying that the nuclear deal remains in the U.S. national security interest. He has not, however, said the deal is in the U.S. national interest.

'The deal is awful. "We do not hide the other points of disagreement that exist", Le Drian said. 'But I like a two-step process much better'. In October, in a measure required every 90 days under US law, Trump declined to certify that the agreement was in USA national security interests. He told reporters, "If the United States refuses to renew the sanction waivers, it means that the United States has pulled out of the JCPOA". Friday was the deadline for Mr. Trump to certify to Congress whether Iran is in compliance with the JCPOA. He chose not to in October and is likely to arrive at the same decision now.

Germany has said it will continue to call for the deal's full implementation and would consult on a "common way forward" with the United Kingdom and France.

'I don't want to suggest we're across the finish line on anything yet, ' he added.

'We certainly keep our options open in terms of sanctions.

This is in addition to the five entities in Iran sanctioned last week and previous sanctions targeting Iran's ballistic missile program. President Trump supported the protesters, saying they were, quote, "expressing legitimate grievances".

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