"Those who, for whatever reason, choose not to work with us will be siding with the Iranian regime's nuclear ambitions, and against the people of Iran and the peaceful nations of the world", said Trump, who met national security advisers at the White House on Thursday before announcing the third such waiver since coming to power.
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. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately, Trump warned, adding that no one should doubt his words.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded on Twitter that the deal was not renegotiable and that Trump's stance "amounts to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement".
Trump also slapped new sanctions on 14 individuals and entities that commit human rights abuses or support the country's ballistic missile programs, which are outside the scope of the nuclear deal. "It would be an agreement amongst the United States and our European partners to re-impose multilateral sanctions should the Iranians surpass the new triggers that we would lay out". The Treasury Department placed sanctions on the head of the Iranian judiciary and a notorious prison.
Trump, who made his opposition to the 2015 agreement a cornerstone of his presidential election campaign, said he would use the next four months "to secure our European allies' agreement to fix [its] terrible flaws".
European allies have urged the President to extend the sanctions relief in order to save the deal.
To date, Congress has yet to live up to that challenge. And this underscores another familiar observation about the protests: that they are likely to resurge even if regime authorities are correct about the recent bout of unrest being at an end.
These include open-ended curbs on Iran's nuclear industry, instead of the ten-year limit in the present deal.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses clearly that it will not take any measures beyond its commitment to the JCPOA, nor will it accept changes to this agreement now or any time in the future".
This would not entail negotiations with Iran, the official said, but rather would be the result of talks between the United States and its European allies.
Trump on Friday avoided upending the nuclear deal with Iran that he has repeatedly disparaged, agreeing to waive key sanctions the US lifted as part of the deal. Of particular issue was that budget's increase in funding for the military and the IRGC, a significant portion of which can be expected to be earmarked for foreign interventions by the IRGC's Quds Force.
Trump's Friday decision may also assuage concerns about blowing up the agreement that are shared by even some Republicans who opposed the deal in 2015.
Washington policy hawks hailed Trump's decision, which they said would concentrate minds in Europe, where leaders have urged Trump not to sabotage a deal they see as a landmark diplomatic success.
These sorts of observations have led many commentators to draw conclusions similar to that of the Global Voices article, regarding the need for the regime to compromise with protesters or else risk overthrow.
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