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Trump to keep Iran nuclear deal alive for now

Trump to keep Iran nuclear deal alive for now

Trump on Friday gave an ultimatum to "either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".

The deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was reached in 2015 among Iran, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States) plus Germany and the European Union.

The US sanctions also targeted two other Iranian officials whom the administration said are responsible for ordering abuses against citizens, including the denial of medical care and access to legal representation for protesters in Iranian jails.

Implementation of the deal hasn't been derailed, but will face some new complicating factors, said the minister.

Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, condemned Washington's comments as "extremely negative", the Kremlin-backed Russian Information Agency (RIA) news agency reported on Saturday.

Zarif slammed Trump's reluctant announcement on Iran's nuclear sanctions waiver as a "desperate attempt" to undermine the deal.

"Rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran", Mr Zarif tweeted immediately after Mr Trump's speech. She underlined Washington's strong message by saying that America would not tolerate "dangerous and destabilizing behavior" and expected that other nations would join the United States in its efforts.

The President wants Congress to modify a law that reviews US participation in the nuclear deal to include "trigger points" that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the official said. Without a fix, Trump has threatened to withdraw. This can cause more problems in future when we have to service our debts. Others were linked to support for the country's ballistic missile program.

Despite the lopsided cohort in favor the deal, the president has continued to recoil at the prospect of extending sanctions to Iran given his personal animus toward the deal and campaign promise to rip up the international accord during his first term in office. At the time, the president warned that he would take further action to nullify the deal if Congress and the allies did not act.

"This is a last chance".

Trump said he wanted America's European allies to use the 120-day period before sanctions relief again came up for renewal to agree to tougher measures and new conditions, otherwise Washington would pull out of the deal.

"This position is consistent and clear-cut", he stressed.

The sanctioning of Larijani, the most prominent of the US targets, could have "serious political impact inside Iran", a senior Trump administration official predicted Friday.

The US, he said, is countering Iranian proxy wars in Yemen and Syria. 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.