President Trump extends sanctions relief for Iran

Trump on Iran Deal
Trump speaks about the Iran nuclear deal in Washington DC

14 Enero, 2018

Starting Friday, Trump faces a series of deadlines related to the Iran nuclear deal and sanctions that were waived as a result of it. The first of those deadlines - for extending or terminating the waiver for the central bank and oil sanctions - is by far the most significant. Trump said that his decision will give Tehran and America's European allies time to fix the deal's "terrible flaws". "In absence of such an agreement (between the US and European powers), the US will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal", he said in a lenghty statement.

Human experience has proven that zero-sum games and the practice of forming alliances to eliminate supposed enemies ends in loss for all the parties involved, he noted, according to Press TV. Officials, congressional aides and outside administration advisers said had the president would likely extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in amending U.S. legislation that governs Washington's participation in the deal.

Moscow expects the United States to present two anti-Russian reports with the sanctions, Ryabkov told Tass news agency.

Following Trump's statement, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Friday that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was not "renegotiable".

Zarif said we are inevitably bound to supplant the "paradigm of elimination" with what he roughly termed as a paradigm of "dialogue in its broad sense". It prevents Iran from developing nuclear weapons while offering sanctions relief to allow it to participate in international commerce and banking. Instead, we're subjected to Trump's ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn't look like him'. This can cause more problems in future when we have to service our debts.

He underlined the need for dialogue to cope with all regional and global crises.

"Trump's remarks should be taken seriously, and whoever wants to keep the nuclear deal would be wise to fix it", a statement from Netanyahu's office read.

And as every cycle of "will he waive, won't he waive" passes, Paton Walsh said, the bedrock of understanding upon which the deal is based erodes yet further.

"This is a last chance".

The Republican leader grudgingly agreed to sign sanctions waivers, ensuring Washington will live up to its commitments for another 120 days, but he cautioned it would be 'for the last time'.

Trump also wants to terminate the phased expiration dates of various limitations placed on Iran's nuclear program.

The nuclear deal was negotiated with Iran by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany.

But European diplomats say a lot is happening behind the scenes. The Europeans, meanwhile, have said they are willing to discuss the matter with the U.S. but have shown little enthusiasm with Trump's hard line.

Though the protests - the largest in the country since its disputed election in 2009 - eventually swelled to include a range of social issues, they "very much focused on the economic situation", Narges Bajoghli, a postdoctoral fellow in international and public affairs at the Brown University Watson Institute, said in a phone interview Jan. 3.

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