Trump hands nuke deal ‘last chance,’ waives Iran sanc­tions

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President Don­ald Trump on Fri­day de­liv­ered an ul­ti­ma­tum to Amer­ica’s Euro­pean al­lies to fix the “ter­ri­ble flaws’’ in the Iran nu­clear deal, or he’ll pull the U.S. out in a few months’ time.

Trump made the threat as he ex­tended waivers of key eco­nomic sanc­tions on Iran, keep­ing the ac­cord alive at least for now. But his ex­plicit warn­ing to Europe that the deal must be fixed by the time the next sanc­tions waivers are due in the spring cre­ates a high-stakes diplo­matic dead­line that will be dif­fi­cult to meet.

“This is a last chance,’’ Trump warned in a state­ment that out­lined sev­eral tough new rules on Iran. “In the ab­sence of such an agree­ment, the United States will not again waive sanc­tions in or­der to stay in the Iran nu­clear deal.’’

Trump’s dec­la­ra­tion puts great pres­sure on Britain, France and Ger­many, the Euro­pean sig­na­to­ries to nu­clear pact with Iran. Trump wants them to help the U.S. de­vise a new agree­ment de­signed to pre­vent Iran from es­ca­lat­ing nu­clear ac­tiv­ity again next decade, as per­mit­ted un­der the 2015 ar­range­ment reached by President Barack Obama.

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