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Trump extends Iran nuclear deal

Trump extends Iran nuclear deal

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that he expects Trump to impose additional new sanctions on Iran, but declined to make any specific comments about the president's decision on the waiver.

According to the senior administration official, Trump's decision is to waive once more the nuclear sanctions that the terms of the JCPOA require the US to waive in order to remain in the deal.

"I hereby call on key European countries to join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal, countering Iranian aggression and supporting the Iranian people", Trump said in a statement.

"If new policies deter Western firms from Iran, China stands to be one of the main beneficiaries", Jonathan Hillman, a fellow with the Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the South China Morning Post.

The waivers were accompanied by other non-nuclear sanctions and a stern warning that Trump will pull out of the deal if the fixes aren't made.

As usual, Trump's ignorance and bullying personality is at odds with pretty much every expert on foreign policy and nuclear proliferation, not only in the United States but in the entire world.

Those hit by the sanctions include: Iranian judiciary chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani; the Rajaee Shahr Prison and its director, Gholamreza Ziaei; the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Electronic Warfare and Cyber Defense Organization; Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace and National Cyberspace Center; Malaysia-based Green Wave Telecommunication and its Iranian director Morteza Razavi; and the Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company and Iran Aircraft Industries. Under the current deal they are set to expire in 2025.

Trump's announcement on sanctions came one day before a deadline expired for the administration to make a decision on the issue.

However, Trump, who has previously vowed to scrap the nuclear pact, was privately expressing reluctance to heed the advisers, the officials said.

Trump, the same day he waived the nuclear sanctions, imposed new sanctions on Iran for its human rights abuses and its military adventurism.

On Friday, Trump is scheduled to decide whether or not to extend relief to Iran from some U.S. economic sanctions. My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon-not just for ten years, but forever. He accused Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the agreement even though the International Atomic Energy Agency says Tehran is complying.

Trump said they included the deal's "sunset clauses", one of which allows for the lifting of restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment programme after 2025. The sanctions, when they are in place, target third parties overseas that deal with Iran and have the effect - because of the reach of the U.S. dollar - of severely inhibiting trade with Iran. Trump is also waiving other U.S. penalties covered by the agreement, including on Iran's oil and gas sectors, which were up for renewal next week.