Trump stops im­po­si­tion of nuke sanc­tions vs Iran

Manila Times - - WORLD - AFP

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.”

Street protests

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.

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