14 Enero, 2018
The decision to waive sanctions did not come easy, and required the urging of the president's top diplomatic and security advisers, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and the US's top allies, including European diplomats who flew into Washington to reiterate their view that suspending sanctions was uncalled for because Iran was complying with the deal. The JCPOA, signed by Obama three years ago, lifted sanctions on Iran in return for the regime to put drastic curbs on its nuclear program.
Describing sanctions against Larijani as "hostile action", the foreign ministry said the move "crossed all the red lines of conduct in the international community". "We will not stand by", the senior official stated, "we are targeting the Iranian regime for violating human rights and using censorship" against its' citizens.
He also urged Iran to continue to fulfill its commitments under the JCPOA.
"The American administration has failed to undermine the nuclear deal. Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw". His ouster in a U.S-backed coup in 1953 led to the return to power of the exiled shah of Iran.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks with reporters at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran on Feb. 11, 2017.
Trump wants the European nations that are signatories to the deal to impose permanent restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment.
Trump on Friday issued a statement on the deal in which 6 world powers agreed to lift economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for its curbing of nuclear activities.
In a statement, Trump said, "Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal". Would you rather deal with those things with Iran having nuclear weapons or not having them?