Trump asks EU allies to draw up new deal Iran nuclear issue

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Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Trump of'maliciously violating the nuclear deal
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14 Enero, 2018

US President Donald Trump says he will waive economic sanctions against Iran.

The ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans - key backers and parties to the 2015 international agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program - to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days.

On Friday, Trump also approved new sanctions against Iranian officials and organizations, including Sadeq Larijani, the head of Iran's judiciary, and 13 other entities including the cyber unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Russia's deputy foreign minister accused the Trump administration of trying to influence Russian elections on Saturday with new sanctions aimed at punishing the country over meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

He wrote that rather than repeating tired rhetoric, the US must bring itself into full compliance just like Iran. But he said he would work with European allies to remove so-called "sunset clauses" that allow Iran to gradually resume advanced nuclear activities in the next decade.

The deal was struck by Iran and six world powers - the US, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia - in 2015 under the Obama administration. They did not immediately react to Trump's demand on January 12 that they help come up with a stronger agreement.

But lawmakers say there has been little movement on Capitol Hill on the issue, and the White House has been mum on whether the Iranian government has approached any of its "trigger points". The waivers the president issued Friday make it easier for banks around the world to do business with Iran and for Iran to sell oil.

Republican Senator Bob Corker said "significant progress" had been made on bipartisan congressional legislation to "address the flaws in the agreement without violating US commitments". According to various reports, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that Trump's decision crossed a red line and warrants a serious response. French President Emmanuel Macron stressed to Trump in a telephone call on Thursday the importance of abiding by the deal.

"Ballistic capability is the only deterrent against enemy threats", Boroujerdi was quoted by ISNA as saying, "after Iran has agreed to have no nuclear weapons and to use no weapons of mass destruction such as chemical and biological weapons, because it is totally against the use of weapons of mass destruction".

Peter Westmacott, the former British ambassador to the United States who was involved in the negotiations on that deal, writes that if Trump really wants to help the Iranian people and support their protests, he would stay in the deal.

They were speaking following a meeting with Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif.

The European Union said in a statement it had taken note of Trump's decision and would assess its implications.

The JCPOA "gave Iran far too much in exchange for far too little".


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