Trump stops imposition of nuke sanctions vs Iran
WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump announced on Friday (Saturday in Manila) he would not reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran, keeping a landmark 2015 deal alive . . . for now.
The Republican leader grudgtions relief is to continue. ingly agreed to sign sanctions In particular, it will not begin to waivers, ensuring Washington will live up to its commitments for an other 120 days, but he cautioned it impose permanent restrictions on would be “for the last time.” not just Iran’s nuclear plants but
During that four-month period, also its missile program. he wants Congress and America’s “These provisions must have main European allies to draw up a new deal—without negotiating with to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear Tehran—to replace the “disastrous weapon—not just for 10 years, but forever,” Trump said.
“Despite my strong inclination, “If Iran does not comply with I have not yet withdrawn the Unitany of these provisions, American ed States from the Iran nuclear nuclear sanctions would automatideal,” Trump said in a statement. cally resume.”
“Instead, I have outlined two Trump is also urging Congress to reform US law so the president is no longer required to declare United States will withdraw.” every 90 days whether he thinks
The new deal—which Trump Iran is in compliance, or to renew envisions as being outlined in US sanctions waivers every 120 or law and involving Britain, France 180 days. and Germany— would impose - tougher controls on Iran if sanc- mad Javad Zarif, took to Twitter to describe Trump’s decision and the announcement as “desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement.”
The 2015 deal, he said, “is not renegotiable. Rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance—just like Iran.”
Trump’s decision was announced alongside another package of new sanctions—punishing not Iran’s nuclear program, but its alleged abuse of human rights in a crackdown on recent street protests.
The most prominent new name on the Treasury sanctions blacklist, which forbids Americans from doing business with the targets, is the head of Iran’s judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani.
The US Treasury said Larijani, the brother of Iran’s parliamentary speaker and former nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, is to blame for the torture and degrading treatment of prisoners.
Washington policy hawks hailed Trump’s decision, which they said would concentrate minds in Europe, where leaders have urged the US president not to sabotage a deal they see as a landmark diplomatic success.
“So Trump now has issued or no more sanctions waivers,” the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Busy four months ahead.”
powers, including the former - ministration who negotiated it, denounced Trump’s plan.
Diplomacy Works, a pressure group set up by former secretary of state John Kerry to defend the deal, was scathing.
“Today, we learned that the president’s plan includes bullying our allies into fundamentally altering the terms of a deal that they know is working for our mutual security and have publicly stated they have no interest in amending,” it said.