Iran resists United States pressure to renegotiate nuclear deal despite Trump's "last waiver"

Trump to waive sanctions on Iran under nuclear deal

President Trump announced Friday he would waive the sanctions against Iran for the "last time," giving the USA and its European partners a 120-day deadline to strengthen the deal that prohibits Iran from developing a nuclear program in exchange for entrance into worldwide commerce and banking.

President Trump announced Friday afternoon that he would extend sanctions relief to Iran for one more 120-day period, thus keeping President Obama's nuclear deal alive.

A senior administration official said Trump wants the 2015 Iran deal strengthened with a follow-on agreement in 120 days or the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the global pact.

Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it would not accept any renegotiation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the 2015 nuclear deal, and promised a response to new us sanctions. Iran must allow "immediate inspections at all sites requested by global inspectors", he said, and "sunset" provisions imposing limits on Iran's nuclear program must not expire.

USA and other officials have complained that Iran's ballistic-missile program can easily be converted for nuclear use.

Trump said this is the last chance, and in the absence of an agreement, the U.S. would not remain a party to the deal.

A US official said on Wednesday that if Trump waived those sanctions, the administration would impose new, targeted measures against Iranian businesses and people.

On a tweet on Friday, Mohammed Javad Zarif, the foreign relations minister in Iran said that the U.S. must be in strict adherence to the terms of the deal just like what was expected of Tehran.

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

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Instead of repeating the same "stale" statements, the USA should commit fully to the deal, just like Iran, added Zarif.

Under U.S. law, U.S. businesses may not deal with Iran.

China hopes the landmark agreement, which curbed Iran's nuclear enrichment program in exchange for sanctions relief, will be "universally supported" and the worldwide community will "fully recognize the efforts made by Iran to implement it".

The sanctions are related to "serious human rights" abuses, censorship, and weapons issues, a Treasury Department spokesperson said.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the Islamic republic will never succumb to pressure of the United States to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal. "This uncertainty has worked as a de facto sanction and helps prevent investments from reaching Iran, which in turn has contributed to the economic frustrations of the Iranian people".

Trump will next have to deal with these decisions in mid-May. It saw Iran agree to reduce uranium enrichment activity drastically, dispose of its enriched uranium stocks and modify a heavy water facility so it could not produce material suitable for a nuclear bomb.

In a statement later Friday Trump said those who do not work with him to amend the deal are effectively siding with Iran.

The officials spoke Friday in a conference call for journalists on the condition they not be named.

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