Speaking to reporters earlier Friday, a senior USA administration official said Trump will seek "a follow-on or a supplemental agreement" with European partners to strengthen the deal he has vowed to scrap.
The officials said Trump expected America's European allies who are also parties to the 2015 accord, which swapped sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran's nuclear program, to join with him in reworking the deal.
In a statement, the president said, "This is a last chance". They said Trump's waiver announcement will also include harsh criticism of Iran's response to recent protests against the Islamic Republic's leadership. In the months that have since passed, lawmakers did not take any action that could jeopardize the deal.
"Our close surveillance the IAEA [nuclear authority] has confirmed in nine reports that Iran is fully complying with the commitments made under the agreement". The Treasury Department placed sanctions on the head of the Iranian judiciary and a notorious prison. Notably, the president is likely to also impose new targeted sanctions on the nation's businesses and people. Trump has complained that numerous Iranian restrictions expire next decade and has vacillated between talk of toughening the deal and pulling the USA out entirely. He didn't want to do it three months ago or previous year either.
Under the deal, the USA president must sign a waiver suspending the US sanctions on Iran every 120 days. The waivers the president issued Friday make it easier for banks around the world to do business with Iran and for Iran to sell oil.
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"Then we achieve a permanent bar on Iran from ever getting a nuclear weapon or a long-range ballistic missile". We continue to look at them.
The move creates a deadline on talks over a nuclear deal the European Union says is working, and that it will not touch. Or it could keep its end of the bargain and continue doing business with other countries in the deal - France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - and isolate the U.S.
"If it means in May the new certification of Iran's complying with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will not happen - which is how we read yesterday's signals [from Washington] - then here we clearly see a classical ultimatum from the USA side", he said.
Trump has long criticized the deal but agreed with national security advisers to keep it in place.