Iran says will retaliate against USA sanctions on chief judge

Sunday, 14 Jan, 2018

He further claimed, "This is a last chance".

US President Donald Trump on Friday gave the Iran nuclear deal a final reprieve but warned European allies and Congress they had to work with him to "fix the bad flaws" of the pact or face US withdrawal.

Trump stopped short for a third time of re-imposing harsh sanctions meant to push Tehran to give up its nuclear weapons research.

Trump has sharply criticized the agreement and vowed to rip it up, but his national security advisers have urged him to wait while they work with Congress and USA allies in an effort to strengthen its provisions.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif by phone that implementation of the deal had not been "derailed" but would face "some new complicating factors", the state news agency Xinhua reported.

The president's proposals to "fix the deal's disastrous flaws" include Iran's agreement to open all sites immediately to worldwide inspectors and an assurance from Tehran that it will never develop a nuclear weapon.

"We have also heeded that the worldwide community universally support the JCPOA and fully recognize the efforts made by Iran to implement it", he said.

He said Iran's restraint on long-range ballistic missile programs also must be linked to sanctions relief.

"These provisions must have no expiration date". Some of the restrictions on Iran are scheduled to be lifted after 10 and 15 years.

"If Iran does not comply with any of these provisions, American nuclear sanctions would automatically resume". The next sanctions waivers are due in May.

The 2015 deal, he said, "is not renegotiable. JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, USA must bring itself into full compliance-just like Iran", he wrote. Washington has used the recent demonstrations in Iran to call into question the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic's government, going so far as to convene an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss Iran's internal issues.

While Trump approved the sanctions waiver, the Treasury Department announced new, targeted sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadeq Amoli Larijani, a close ally of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

He said he's waiving nuclear sanctions under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action upon advice from his advisers.

Washington policy hawks hailed Trump's decision, which they said would concentrate minds in Europe, where leaders have urged the United States president not to sabotage a deal they see as a landmark diplomatic success. He said remaining in the pact will give Congress more time to come up with bipartisan legislation regarding Iran. "Busy four months ahead". But he said he would work with European allies to remove so-called "sunset clauses" that allow Iran to gradually resume advanced nuclear activities in the next decade.

Trump's expected announcement comes a day after Britain, France and Germany called on Washington to uphold the nuclear deal.

America's allies see the accord as the best way to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions and a victory for multilateral diplomacy. "Iran should be denied all paths to a nuclear weapon. forever".

Russian Federation spoke out strongly Friday in favor of the accord, ahead of the announcement of Trump's decision, calling it "the result of a consensus among many parties", in the words of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.