Iran Nuclear Deal Back in Trump's Court

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The Thursday meeting in Brussels is part of diplomacy on both sides of the Atlantic before deadlines related to the deal falling this month, including deciding whether to reimpose oil sanctions lifted under the deal. Trump was apparently compelled by his national security team to sign off on that certification when he faced the first two deadlines as president.

Officials, congressional aides and outside administration advisers said had the president would likely extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in amending USA legislation that governs Washington's participation in the deal.

"Trump is unpredictable, but I guess you have to guess that he will do what he did last time, which was to send the problem to Congress", Steinberg said.

Under the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, the United States agreed to lift the sanctions by issuing executive waivers. The president is required to take action on these waivers as well as on the JCPOA itself.

Back in October, Mr. Trump declared the Iran deal wasn't in the United States' interest.

In a White House background call on Friday, senior administration officials confirmed that President Donald Trump will waive sanctions on Friday one last time.

The ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans, key backers of the 2015 nuclear deal, to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days. Trump is also waiving other US penalties covered by the agreement, including on Iran's oil and gas sectors, which were up for renewal next week.

In one possible compromise, Trump could choose not to reimpose the sanctions that were eased under the nuclear deal but could slap other punishments on Iran, a pattern he has followed over the a year ago.

The prospective bill might also eliminate the every-90-day certification requirement, according to Reuters.

Mr Trump's allies are learning how to play defence with this most alarming of American leaders.

What does Mr Trump want to change?

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov called Trump's remarks "extremely negative", RIA state news agency reported.

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, who represented one of the three EU states in the meeting hosted by the European Commission took the stance that the U.S. must come up with a viable alternative before it can scrap the agreement.

Under the hard-won 2015 deal with Russian Federation, the US, China, France, Britain, Germany and the EU, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for lifting of a raft of global sanctions. He said France remained dedicated to the agreement.

Iran argues that continued U.S. sanctions on other, non-nuclear, areas such as human rights and missile testing have effectively barred Iran from gaining numerous financial benefits expected from the deal.

Nearly all the United States sanctions waived under the JCPOA are "secondary", meaning they would target any foreign company that did business with proscribed Iranian institutions or firms.

Trump's top national security advisers met with him Thursday at the White House.

This conflict has been given new focus by the anticipation of Trump's latest decisions, to which the Iranians responded with preemptive threats.

But worldwide observers say Iran has been in full compliance with the deal. Iranian prosperity, they offered, would cause the regime to become moderate and peaceful.

The White House wants European Union signatories to agree permanent restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment.

"They discussed Iran's repressive actions against protesters and its destabilizing activities in the Middle East", and Gabriel briefed Tillerson on meetings this week among European powers and Iranian representatives, the statement said.

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