Trump, Macron Agree to Continue Pressure on N. Korea

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The agreement between six global powers and Iran saw decades of worldwide and United States nuclear-related sanctions suspended when Iran agreed to limit its nuclear programme.

"You're going to be finding out very soon". "You can expect there will be more sanctions coming".

Officials familiar with the likely new sanctions say they will target specific Iranian people and businesses.

A decision on whether the USA should renew a waiver on nuclear-related sanctions against Iran was expected to be made during a White House meeting Thursday, a State Department spokesman said.

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.

However, as one of the most significant diplomatic legacies of Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, the hard-won nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been running the gauntlet of Trump on his campaign trail and since he became president. Ultimately, it will be the president's decision, he said, adding, "We are confident that we will get to the right place". Iranian politics today may not be democratic, but the country has a long history of domestic civil society participation.

As shambolic as the Trump administration has been during its first year in office, it defies plausibility to describe their Iran-deal violations as anything other than insidious and intentional.

Dong Manyuan, vice director of the China Institute of International Studies, said China would defend the Iran nuclear pact and continue to do business with Iran.

In turn, Iran would be allowed to lift all nuclear-related economical sanctions, freeing up tens of billions of dollars in oil revenue and frozen assets.

At a news conference after meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday, representatives of the European Union, the UK, France and Germany reiterated their support for the nuclear deal they helped negotiate.

It will be politically hard for Trump to walk away from the deal without proving Iran has violated the agreement.

Trump said he wants Congress to fix "the deal's many flaws" such as existing sunset provisions. It therefore is more accurate to call these people "FAKE Iran deal opponents". The Europeans consider the deal a great success that contributes to their security.

'I believe it is both in our national and moral interests to support these protesters and their desire for a free, democratic, and transparent Iranian government that doesn't needlessly waste Iran's resources on foreign adventurism that has resulted in massive human rights abuses, funding of terrorist organizations, and the deaths of American soldiers, ' they said. "We do not hide the other points of disagreement that exist", Le Drian said.

The White House also said in a press release in the wake of the call, that Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron spoke about their commitment to keep pressuring North Korea in order to stop its nuclear program.

Li Weijian, from the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, said Middle East countries including Iran were increasingly realising the need to develop their economies and improve livelihoods.

Since then, Republican leaders have been unable to agree among themselves on how to increase pressure on Iran, while Democrats say they have only been consulted in the past few days.

Critics and proponents of the nuclear accord disagree sharply over whether it has strengthened, or undermined, Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, who negotiated the deal, or the hard-liners in Tehran's clerical leadership.

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