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Iran Will Commit to Nothing beyond Nuclear Deal — Foreign Ministry

14 Enero 2018

But no, the U.S. president probably won't go through with it. Mr. Trump is expected to decide by Friday whether to extend the sanctions relief or re-impose the restrictions his predecessor, President Barack Obama, suspended two years ago.

But a European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "It's going to be complicated to save the deal after this".

The U.S. decision in imposing new sanctions on the Iranian individuals and entities proves the U.S. government's animosity towards the great Iranian nation.

The agreement isn't perfect.

The real problem in Iran right now, everyone in the international business community agrees, is uncertainty.

Russia yesterday said Washington would be making a grave mistake by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, adding that Moscow would work hard to keep the landmark agreement alive.

"Trump is in a bind".

Russia's deputy foreign minister accused the Trump administration of trying to influence Russian elections on Saturday with new sanctions aimed at punishing the country over meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The 2015 deal, he said, "is not renegotiable".

"The Chinese side always firmly supports the JCPOA".

But the president stressed this is the last time he would waive sanctions against Tehran.

"Basically, nothing has changed", said Gary Sick, a Middle East policy expert with Columbia University.

His ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans - key backers and parties to the 2015 international agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program - to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days.

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands in Baharestan Square in Tehran in September 2017. At the time, the president warned that he would take further action to nullify the deal if Congress and the allies did not act. "From the political point of view, maybe that's all he really needs".

Information for this article was contributed by Anne Gearan, Carol Morello, Erin Cunningham, Bijan Sabbagh and Karoun Demirjian of The Washington Post and by Matthew Lee of The Associated Press. "The Iran nuclear deal makes the world safer".

"Trump's policy & today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement", Zarif tweeted shortly after Trump's statement. There were images of a smiling Zarif, seated among smiling European officials, followed by a parade of statements in favor of the deal.

The European Union's foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, said, "The deal is working".

Privately, some White House officials complained about the phone call with Macron, which they said could have provoked Trump. "He just perceives that he is". Between January 12 and 17, sanctions on foreign oil purchases, insurance, shipping, banking, and oil and gas investment are due for waiver.

"No one has any idea what's going on".

"It doesn't make any difference".

Even so, the administration is keeping up the tough talk.

"Deals are going on in complete silence".

"I am expecting new sanctions on Iran", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced Thursday.

It means the theater of Trump and Iran will continue for another few months. Demonstrators fed up with economic malaise had hoped the promise of the nuclear deal would benefit them.

Iran Will Commit to Nothing beyond Nuclear Deal — Foreign Ministry