Trump Gives The Iran Deal One Last Lifeline

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The pact is underpinned on the U.S. side by a presidential waiver of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran's central bank. Trump wants the bans to be permanent.

He said Iran must allow "immediate inspections at all sites requested by worldwide inspectors" and that provisions preventing Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon must not expire.

The sanctions that Trump has to waive deal with Iran's central bank.

Trump gave the Iran nuclear deal a final reprieve on Friday but told European allies and Congress they had to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the pact or face a USA exit.

"This would not entail direct negotiations with the Iranians, but would be something the US works out with European partners only", a White House official told Fox News. Under the deal, Iran agreed to eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium, cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium and reduce its number of gas centrifuges.

"I have been very clear about my opinion of that deal", Trump said in his January 12 statement.

Hardliners on Iran in the US Congress have called for the reimposition of the suspended sanctions and an end to the nuclear deal, while some liberal Democrats want to pass legislation that would make it harder for Trump to pull Washington out without congressional consent. If other nations fail to act during this time, I will terminate our deal with Iran.

Continuing to implement the nuclear deal was the responsibility of all parties concerned and the common wish of the global community, Wang was quoted as saying during the call, which took place on a visit to Rwanda. It was also signed by China, France, Russia, Britain, Germany and the European Union. With no solution yet forthcoming from Congress Mr Trump on Friday reluctantly extended a waiver on the nuclear-related sanctions. During Barack Obama's presidency, these penalties largely cut Iran out of the global financial system, until they were suspended under the 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.

The biggest name included in the new sanctions was Sadeq Larijani, head of the Iranian judiciary and brother of Ali Larijani, who is speaker of the Iranian parliament. The next deadline for extending nuclear sanctions relief will come in mid-May.

Notably absent from the entities was Iran's Central Bank. Had he sanctioned the bank, there was speculation that Iran would view the deal as effectively abrogated. But Trump's refusal to certify the deal to Congress did not pull the USA out of the deal itself.

The US still maintains sanctions on Iran - independent of the nuclear deal - on matters such as terrorism, human rights and ballistic missile development.

Moscow has a critical attitude toward the latest USA statement on reviewing the Iran nuclear deal and will do all it can to resist any attempt to scrape the deal, Russian authorities said Saturday.

According to Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, Trump is not necessarily backing away from his campaign promise to abandon the deal, but is instead attempting to kill it in an indirect way.