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Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions 'for last time'

Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions 'for last time'

European Union powers on Thursday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to endorse a key nuclear agreement with Iran saying the deal is essential for worldwide security.

Trump said that his decision will give Tehran and America's European allies time to fix the deal's "terrible flaws".

"I hereby call on key European countries to join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal, countering Iranian aggression, and supporting the Iranian people", he said.

Among the changes Trump is demanding is that Iran allow more timely inspections of sites requested by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the elimination of so-called "sunset clauses", under which some of the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program expire over time.

The United States has sanctioned around 100 individuals and entities involved with Iran's ballistic missile program and other activities which the United States saw as "illicit", according to Trump's statement on Friday.

"In the absence of such an agreement", he went on, "the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal".

The president also said a new deal must have no expiration date, and that it must impose sanctions if Iran develops or tests long-range missiles.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it was a "desperate attempt" to undermine a "solid" deal.Germany said it would continue to call for the deal's full implementation and would consult on a "common way forward" with the United Kingdom and France.

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For Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Trump's actions are an attempt to unilaterally destroy a multilateral deal, a move Zarif believes is not allowable under global law. JCPOA is not renegotiable: "rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, USA must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran". This follows previous practice, in which a reluctant president has kept the U.S.in the deal but sought other ways to get tough on Iran.

Retired US military officers, members of the US Congress and former US ambassadors were among 52 US national security experts who signed a letter released on Monday urging Trump not to jeopardize the deal with Iran.

Earlier in October, Trump has threatened to terminate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal if Congress and U.S. allies fail to amend the agreement by fixing serious flaws in significant ways.

On Saturday, the spokesman for the Iranian parliament's presiding board, Behrouz Nemati, said that the JCPOA is an global agreement that neither the United States nor any other powers can violate unilaterally, according to Tasnim news agency. The last time Trump issued a waiver was in September 2017.

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

During a background briefing on Friday, officials also revealed that the waiver suspends USA sanctions on Iran for 120 more days, adding that this would be the final time Trump will sign such a continuation. Work already has begun on this front, the official said.

Opponents of the deal note that it doesn't address Iran's support for militant groups or its continued missile development and that the country can use the money it gets from sanctions relief to support those destabilizing efforts.


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