Iran to Trump: Nuclear Deal is Not Renegotiable


The 2015 deal stipulates that United States presidents must sign a waiver suspending the sanctions regimen on Iran every four months.

The EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini added that the global community must also be united in preserving the deal, which she said helped make the world a safer place and prevent a nuclear arms race in the region.

It also said Iran would not allow the deal to be linked to other issues, after Mr Trump suggested that the sanctions relief under the deal be tied to Iran limiting its long-range ballistic missile program.

Trump and his top advisers have been negotiating with USA lawmakers on Capitol Hill to try to change sanctions legislation so that he does not face a deadline on whether to recertify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal every 90 days.

Speaking to reporters earlier Friday, a senior USA administration official said Trump will seek "a follow-on or a supplemental agreement" with European partners to strengthen the deal he has vowed to scrap.

Three officials said the waivers will be accompanied by other, targeted sanctions on Iran for human rights abuses and a stern warning that Trump will pull out of the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration if fixes aren't made by spring.

President Donald Trump has again waived nuclear sanctions against Iran, but warned it will be the last time unless a stronger follow-up agreement is reached.

According to anonymous officials on a conference call with various reporters, Trump will not issue any more waivers after Friday unless specific fixes are made to the Iran deal.

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He underlined that the deal that was signed in 2015 between Iran, and the P5+1 - Russia, France, China, Britain, the United States, plus Germany, can not be amended and that Moscow will "oppose any attempts to hamper it".

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 United States and banning Americans from doing business with them.

Responding to Trump's speech late Friday, Zarif tweeted: "Rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran". Russia will explain persistently to the US the depravity and viciousness of its sanctions-based policies against Iran and the DPRK, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told TASS on Saturday. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have been working with White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on an agreement that would keep the Iran deal intact.

If Trump indeed extends the sanction relief it will be the third time since entering office last January that he stopped short of withdrawing from the nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, on his official Twitter account, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Trump's decision undermined the multilateral agreement.

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

Crude prices have been rising for weeks, in part amid expectations that Trump might pull the United States from the nuclear deal, which, in turn, would re-instate sanctions against Iran and limit its ability to sell oil overseas.

However, the USA imposed fresh sanctions on 14 individuals and entities over alleged human rights abuses. Those mainly targeted Iranian defense officials, as well as a China-based network the United States says is supporting Iran's missile program.