On January 12, US President Donald Trump announced that the US will continue to waive economic sanctions related to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, but only as the “last chance” and stressed that he will not do this again, according to Reuters.
“This is a last chance … In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately.” Trump said in a statement.
Trump also called on European countries to join his efforts in order to “fix significant flaws” in Iran’s nuclear deal. Moreover, the US president warned that if European partners do not support his efforts, he will terminate the nuclear deal with Iran.
“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 … If other nations fail to act during this time, I will terminate our deal with Iran,” Trump said.
Regarding Trump’s “efforts”, a US official revealed to Reuters that Trump will now work with its European partners to pressure Iran to accept a follow-on agreement that limits its missile program.
In a related development, the US Treasury Department announced in a statement that it has issued new sanctions against 14 Iranian figures and entities linked to the country’s ballistic missile program and the recent crackdown on anti-government protesters including the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.
“We are targeting the Iranian regime, including the head of Iran’s judiciary, for its appalling mistreatment of its citizens, including those imprisoned solely for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and for censoring its own people as they stand up in protest against their government … We are also targeting Iran’s ballistic missile program and destabilizing activities, which it continues to prioritize over the economic well-being of the Iranian people,” US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in the statement.
Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs described the new US sanctions and Trump’s threats as “desperate attempts” to undermine Iran’s nuclear deal. The Iranian foreign minister also stressed on Twitter that the nuclear deal with Iran is not renegotiable and called on the US to comply with the deal’s conditions.
Trump’s policy & today’s announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement, maliciously violating its paras 26, 28 & 29. JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 12, 2018