Iran has said it's not interested in any renegotiation and would nearly certainly view a side agreement between the USA and Europe as a violation of the deal. Issuing designations for 14 individuals and entities, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. will not be a silent spectator while the Iranian regime continues to engage in human rights abuses and injustice. But this week, his decision is complicated by recent street protests in Iran. The individuals with knowledge of Trump's plans say the president isn't planning to reinstate either at this point.
Critics of the deal in Congress have also proposed amending legislation to ensure that United States sanctions would "snap back" automatically if Iran carried out certain actions. He has advised four different US presidents on the Middle East.
'I don't want to suggest we're across the finish line on anything yet, ' he added. Ambassador, thanks for being back on the program.
The chief diplomat added, "Rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran". "You'll be finding that out very soon". "I think it depends on what he sees on Fox News that morning". I'm hoping that he will not reinstate the sanctions. "We need to wait and see, since we can not make a prediction". "We should be doing everything humanly possible to support, to encourage those protests, to tell the Iranian people, we stand with you". Iran must allow "immediate inspections at all sites requested by worldwide inspectors", he said, and "sunset" provisions imposing limits on Iran's nuclear programme must not expire.
"There is more or less consensus that the president is going to once again decertify and continue to waive sanctions but at the same time slap new sanctions on Iran on non-nuclear issues", said Ali Vaez, an Iran specialist at the International Crisis Group. As usual, Trump's ignorance and bullying personality is at odds with pretty much every expert on foreign policy and nuclear proliferation, not only in the United States but in the entire world.
"We are examining what mechanisms we could utilize including targeted sanctions and other means".
If Trump again does not re-certify the deal then that reopens the so-called snapback window and again Congress would be in charge of coming up with negotiated terms for a revised deal. If they maintain their independence and resist the USA pressure, then a new situation will develop.
Iran's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that if the USA withdrew from the agreement, it was ready to give an "appropriate and heavy response".
Washington agreed to sanctions relief under the terms of the landmark accord reached between Tehran and six world powers - which Trump has denounced as one of the worst deals of all time. It was a collective, multilateral set of sanctions. However, it is doing so while still wary of the prospect that the European Union might fold under United States pressure, as in its earlier negotiations with Iran in 2003-2005.
"We agree on this approach, we want to protect (the deal) against every possible decision that might undermine it", Germany's Sigmar Gabriel said alongside his French and British counterparts and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after meeting Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
ROSS: No, it hasn't happened.
Trump warned that he would scrap the agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program - an accord he has long despised - unless European countries "join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal".
"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.