Threat of changes to nuke pact draws ire

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TEHRAN — Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties said Satur­day they won’t ac­cept any changes to its 2015 nu­clear deal with world pow­ers af­ter Pres­i­dent Trump vowed to pull out of the ac­cord in a few months if Euro­pean al­lies did not fix its “ter­ri­ble flaws.”

In a state­ment car­ried by the state-run IRNA news agency, the For­eign Min­istry said Iran “will not ac­cept any change in the deal, nei­ther now nor in fu­ture,” adding that it will “not take any ac­tion be­yond its com­mit­ments.”

It also said Iran would not al­low the deal to be linked to other is­sues, af­ter Trump sug­gested that the sanc­tions re­lief un­der the deal be tied to Iran lim­it­ing its long-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram.

Trump on Fri­day ex­tended the waivers of key eco­nomic sanc­tions that were lifted un­der the agree­ment lim­it­ing Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram. But he said he would work with Euro­pean al­lies to re­move “sun­set clauses” that al­low Iran to grad­u­ally re­sume ad­vanced nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties in the next decade.

He paired Fri­day’s con­ces­sion with other, tar­geted sanc­tions on Iran for hu­man rights abuses and bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­vel­op­ment. The Trea­sury Depart­ment’s ac­tion hits 14 Ira­nian of­fi­cials and com­pa­nies and busi­ness­men from Iran, China and Malaysia, freez­ing any as­sets they have in the U.S. and ban­ning Amer­i­cans from do­ing busi­ness with them.

The Ira­nian state­ment said the tar­get­ing of one of the of­fi­cials, judiciary chief Sadegh Amoli Lar­i­jani, “crossed all be­hav­ioral red lines of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.” It said the sanc­tions are against in­ter­na­tional law and go against U.S. com­mit­ments, say­ing they would bring a “strong re­ac­tion” from Iran.

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