Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump to keep Iran deal in place?

Trump to keep Iran deal in place?

In a White House statement, Trump called the waiver a "last chance" to fix the "flaws" of the Iran nuclear deal.

Ultimately Mr Trump would like an agreement that ranges well beyond the narrow question of nuclear arms so that it covers a wide array of provocative Iranian conduct in the Middle East. Europeans and other world powers believe that it was only the narrowness of the original deal that secured Iranian co-operation in 2015.

The administration's decision on this point will be immediately followed by deadlines for the reauthorization of JCPOA-related sanctions waivers, starting on Friday and continuing through Wednesday.

MARTIN: If I could get into the weeds for a moment, the president made a different decision last October that compelled Congress to come up with some fixes to the Iran nuclear deal.

In October, Trump said he would not certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear agreement that was negotiated under the previous administration because it was "in violation of the spirit" of the accord. While Trump will continue that suspension, he is preparing to impose penalties on Iranian entities for other behavior the US finds objectionable, such as missile testing and alleged human rights violations.

"These provisions must have no expiration date".

"You're going to be finding out very soon", Trump said Thursday when asked about Iran.

In return, decades of global and USA nuclear-related sanctions were suspended, and the USA president must sign a waiver suspending them every 120 days.

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, took to Twitter to describe Trump's decision and the announcement as "desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement".

The chief diplomat added, "Rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, USA must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran".

Still, Mr Trump's expected action is most important for what he will not do: reinstate sanctions on Iran's central bank and oil exports, which were lifted in return for constraining its nuclear programme.

At Thursday's Oval Office meeting, the president was due to meet Tillerson, the defence secretary, James Mattis, and national security adviser, HR McMaster, who has been scrambling in recent days to coax Republicans and Democrats to work on legislation concerning USA adherence to the JCPOA.

No other country requires its leaders to periodically justify the deal the way the US president must, but Congress enacted a law with the requirement out of deep and abiding mistrust of Iran's intentions.

"I don't think we should conflate the two", Goldstein said. "It's been four months and Congress has yet to deal with the issue". Waiving those restrictions was required under the agreement that Iran reached with world powers in exchange for curbing its nuclear program, and reimposing them would effectively scuttle the deal. That is considered highly unlikely, however, and the Europeans have made clear that any concerns over Iran's behavior, such as its support of militant groups in the region and continued missile testing, must be dealt with separately from the agreement. "And we expect all parties to continue to fully implement this agreement".

Russian Federation - one of the parties to the Iran pact alongside the United States, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union - called Trump's comments "extremely negative".

Hailing the deal as a "considerable diplomatic accomplishment", British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said no one has so far come up with a better alternative.

Tillerson suggested during his interview with the AP on Friday that Trump was leaning toward allowing the deal to remain as is while Congress continues to work to address his outlined issues.

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