'Not renegotiable': Iran rejects Trump's demand for changes to nuclear deal


The Trump administration is reportedly waiving sanctions on Iran's nuclear sanctions as part of the Iran deal but is announcing new sanctions on specific individuals and entities in Iran.

"JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, U.S. must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran", Zarif added, using the technical name for the 2015 nuclear deal.

"The Trump regime's hostile action (against Larijani)... crossed all red lines of conduct in the worldwide community and is a violation of global law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic", the Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement.

He said he wanted the U.S. legislation governing Washington's participation in the deal to specifically link Iran's ballistic missile programmes to sanctions relief.

"Today, we unfortunately see an individual having assumed power in the United States who has so little understanding that he describes entire nations with obscene and unacceptable and even unbelievable words", Zarif said, referring to but not naming Trump, who on Thursday described El Salvador, Haiti, and certain African nations as "shithole" countries.

The White House wants European Union signatories to agree permanent restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment.

But the president only has 90 days until the next deadline for certifying Iran's compliance. "It also will not allow the JCPOA to be linked to any other issue", it said.

"Our biggest priority is to maintain the JCPOA, but of course not at any price", he added. "But the clear reluctance with which he has issued the sanctions waivers will continue to weigh on the business community", said Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, founder of the Europe-Iran Forum, a business network.

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Trump laid out several conditions to keep the United States in the deal.

"Trump has once again avoided the nuclear option on the nuclear deal".

The waiver he will sign suspends sanctions for another 120 days, but he warned that if a new agreement was not made "the United States will not again waive sanctions". And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately. Officials, congressional aides and outside administration advisers said had the president would likely extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in amending US legislation that governs Washington's participation in the deal. "It's going to be complicated to save the deal after this", said one European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif accused Trump of "maliciously violating" the nuclear deal.

"Iran strongly announces that it will make no measure beyond its Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) commitments and will make no changes in the nuclear deal neither now nor in the future", the statement said.

"We are targeting the Iranian regime, including the head of Iran's judiciary, for its appalling mistreatment of its citizens, including those imprisoned exclusively for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and for censoring its own people as they stand up in protest against their government", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.

"We are gradually coming to the conclusion that an internal decision by the United States to leave the JCPOA has already been made or is close to being made", Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency.