USA has failed to undermine nuclear deal: Rouhani


As Trump agreed to the sanctions relief, US Department of Treasury said on Friday that it has imposed new sanctions on 14 individuals and entities over Iran's alleged human rights abuses and ballistic missile program, including head of Iran's judiciary and the cyber unit of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.

Meanwhile, Russia on Saturday said Washington would be making a grave mistake by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.

"Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal", Trump said in a statement, saying the options were to fix "the deal's disastrous flaws or the United States will withdraw". But it has said it would "shred" the deal if Washington quit. "Our worst fears are being confirmed", he said.

"This is a last chance", Trump said in a statement. "It's going to be complicated to save the deal after this", said one European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

French President Emmanuel Macron called Trump on Thursday and stressed France's determination to see "the strict application of the deal and the importance of all the signatories to respect it". Trump, despite his repeated efforts, has failed to undermine the accord ...

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Republican Senator Bob Corker said "significant progress" had been made on bipartisan congressional legislation to address "flaws in the agreement without violating US commitments".

"The UK has a clear position on the Iran nuclear deal: we regard it as a crucial agreement that makes the world a safer place by neutralizing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran", the British Foreign Office said.

"And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately", Trump said in a statement. Trump wants them to help the US devise a new agreement created to prevent Iran from escalating nuclear activity again next decade, as permitted under the 2015 arrangement reached by President Barack Obama.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif accused Trump of "maliciously violating" the nuclear deal. The other parties to the agreement would have been unlikely to join the United States in reimposing sanctions.

In his speech on Friday, the U.S. president called on all of the country's allies to counter the Islamic Republic's "other malign activities", cut off funding to Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), designate Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement as a "terrorist organization". The appeal was made after the Iranian Foreign Minister met with European Union foreign ministers and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels on Thursday.