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Trump to keep Iran nuclear deal alive for now

13 Enero 2018
Trump to keep Iran nuclear deal alive for now

Trump also is slapping targeted sanctions on some Iranian officials, but has opted against applying the kind of harsh sanctions that would blow up the nuclear accord, administration officials told reporters Friday afternoon on a conference call that, due to "technical difficulties", did not feature reporters' questions.

Trump in October of last year said the U.S. would not certify the Iran nuclear deal, and pushed it to Congress to fix the deal's "serious flaws" in order to protect the American people.

The United States could take steps against Iranian activities in the missile sphere outside the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and hopes that Washington's efforts will be backed by other states, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said.

"This is a last chance", Trump said as he extended sanctions waivers on Iran in accordance with the multilateral agreement his predecessor Barack Obama signed in 2015.

While Trump will continue that suspension, he is preparing to impose penalties on Iranian entities for other behavior the U.S. finds objectionable, such as missile testing and alleged human rights violations.

Responding to Trump's harsh stance, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that it was "desperate attempts" to undermine an accord which Iran said was "not renegotiable".

Its part of a familiar policy cycle when it comes to rogue regimes: threaten, punish and negotiate, but Eli Lake writes on Bloomberg that it might be time for a new strategy, particularly given the ongoing protests in Iran.

Zarif noted in a tweet the "strong consensus in Brussels" that Tehran is respecting its obligations and that "Iran's continued compliance [is] conditioned on full compliance by the U.S".

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) didn't like the idea of waiving Iran's nuclear sanctions.

As on so many other foreign-policy matters, the United States finds itself isolated on the issue.

Iranians walk past a Ghadr-F missile displayed at a Revolutionary Guard hardware exhibition, marking 36th anniversary of the outset of Iran-Iraq war, at Baharestan Sq.in downtown Tehran, Iran, September 25, 2016. Expect Trump to encircle the nuclear deal with enough sanctions over time that the mullahs will feel the economic pinch - and their people will grow even more frustrated with the regime. As it stands, Iran is currently allowed to enrich uranium to low grades unsuitable for weapons use.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Nobakht said the Islamic Republic has made various preparations for the possible withdrawal of the US from the JCPOA. The Treasury Department's action hits 14 Iranian officials and companies and businessmen from Iran, China and Malaysia, freezing any assets they have in the U.S. and banning Americans from doing business with them.

On Friday, Trump is set to decide whether to extend relief for Iran from some US economic sanctions. Although he tips off European associates that he would pull out of the contract unless its terrible flaws are right.