Trump to Extend Iran Sanctions Relief, Keeping Obama-Era Deal Intact


Last week, Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin, the top-ranking Democrat, met with Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, about the changes to the existing sanctions regime that the president wanted.

In his lengthy statement, Trump said the US would work with European partners to remove the nuclear deal's so-called "sunset clauses", which allow Iran to gradually resume advanced atomic activity.

ONCE again, through gritted teeth, President Donald Trump has granted a stay of execution for the Iran nuclear deal brokered by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

"Trump is unpredictable, but I guess you have to guess that he will do what he did last time, which was to send the problem to Congress", Steinberg said. After a meeting of European diplomats in Brussels on Thursday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian made a direct appeal to the USA to sign the latest waiver, due Friday. The president is required to take action on these waivers as well as on the JCPOA itself.

Trump laid out several conditions to keep the United States in the deal. Nevertheless, the report concluded that the JCPOA would probably survive those trials, even though its long-term prospects remain uncertain.

Senior U.S. administration officials told reporters Trump would work with Europeans on a follow-on deal to enshrine triggers that the Iranian government could not exceed related to ballistic missiles. The outcome has the potential to scuttle a pair of multibillion dollar deals with Iran Air and Iran Aseman Airlines for the purchase of 110 airplanes that, according to Boeing, would support as many as 118,000 jobs in the U.S. Then we have to see how the Europeans react to Trump's policy.

Congress had 60 days to do this, a time Mr Trump called the "snapback window". The resulting absence of desired modifications to the deal may prove to be frustrating to the White House.

As the BBC reported on Thursday, those reporters reiterated their support for the JCPOA just ahead of Trump's latest decisions on it.

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Though the Europeans pressed Mr Zarif about Iranian trouble-making in its backyard, they also issued ringing declarations about the continued worth of the nuclear deal, saying in the words of Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, that it "makes the world safer" and that nobody has so far produced a better alternative. One high-ranking Iranian diplomat told Al-Monitor on the condition of anonymity, "Trump has shown the world that he is more unpredictable than we all thought he was". In particular there is sympathy with the U.S. push to end the deal's "sunset clauses", which phase out restrictions on Iranian activities in the next decade.

The nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers - the US, UK, Russia, France, China, and Germany calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.

The Treasury Department also issued new sanctions against 14 people and entities involved with the country's ballistic missile programs and the government's recent crackdown on protesters.

The White House is expected to announce the decision on Friday.

The sanctions that Trump has to waive deal with Iran's central bank.

Describing sanctions against Larijani as "hostile action", Iran's Foreign Ministry said the move "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", state media reported.

Assuming that Mr Trump is not bluffing, that gap of perceptions must either be bridged soon, or his America First policy towards Iran will look more like America Alone.

Trump said they included the deal's "sunset clauses", one of which allows for the lifting of restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment programme after 2025. Indeed, these comments immediately preceded similarly vague threats from Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, unrelated to the nuclear deal.