Iran To Trump: Nuclear Deal Not Negotiable


And what the Trump administration wants to do is to make permanent some temporary provisions of this deal which restrict Iran's nuclear rights under the non-proliferation treaty.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Trump is signalling that the decision to withdraw from the multilateral accord "is already made or is about to be made", which he called one of the U.S.'s "largest foreign-policy mistakes, one of the largest miscalculations of American politics." according to Interfax. At the same time, Trump also levied new sanctions against Iran and said this is the last such waiver he'll sign unless "significant flaws" in the current deal are addressed. I really doubt that this ultimatum will work because you can not mix in non-nuclear and conventional issues such as Iran's ballistic missile issue with the nuclear issue because then what kind of standards will you use?

"The president has been very clear that many aspects of the Iran deal need to be changed", he said. The two sides exchanged opinions on a statement regarding the Iran nuclear deal made by the US, Xinhua news agency reported.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, accused Trump of "desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement", tweeting on Friday: "JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, USA must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran". "Rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, USA must bring itself into full compliance- just like Iran".

The president wants US Congress to modify a law that reviews US participation in the nuclear deal to include "trigger points" that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the official said.

The announcement came as the US Treasury imposed sanctions on 14 Iranian individuals and companies, including the head of Iran's judiciary, over alleged human rights abuses.

Trump might not get much help on the deal from Congress either. "This is a last chance".

Trump said he would waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the global deal for the last time unless his conditions were met.

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In sharp contrast to Trump's view that the 2015 pact was "the worst deal ever negotiated", European leaders met with Iranian officials Thursday to reaffirm their commitment to the nuclear deal and stress that there was no alternative to it.

"Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal", Mr Trump said, adding that the options were to fix "the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".

Still, Trump left some room to maneuver in his statement.

The European Union also has not given any sign of wanting to renegotiate the deal.

Russian Federation - one of the parties to the Iran pact alongside the United States, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union - called Trump's comments "extremely negative". We heard similar ultimatums back in October and nothing happened...

"We have noted the White House statement", said a spokesman for the British embassy in Washington.

On the streets of Tehran, many have grown cynical and exasperated by the endless pressure from the United States.

Lawmakers in Washington have divisions about how to proceed. It has said it will abide by the agreement as long as other signatories do, but warned that it would "shred" the deal should Washington pull out. "The wrong approach is to bully countries with arbitrary and unenforceable deadlines".