IRAN DEAL SURVIVES: President Trump Keeps Iran Nuke Deal…For Now

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"There's a great deal of criticism of the deal ever since it's been struck that the deal is a poor deal for the United States and that it wouldn't matter whether or not we were in it", he says.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif responded to Trump's statement on Twitter, saying that it "amounts to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement".

European countries including France and Italy have benefited from renewed trade with Iran, whose proven natural gas reserves are as vast as Russia's, while Britain reopened its embassy in Tehran following the deal.

The President laid out several conditions for a fix to the deal that would keep the United States in.

Iran says the nuclear deal is not renegotiable and it will stick to the accord as long as the other signatories respect it but will "shred" the deal if Washington pulls out.

In exchange, economic sanctions on it were lifted.

The next deadline to waive sanctions under the agreement is the middle of May.

In a statement also released on Saturday, Iran's Foreign Ministry announced that the Islamic Republic would commit to no obligation beyond those it has already agreed to under the JCPOA.

The top Chinese diplomat noted that the implementation of the accord had not been "derailed" but would face "some new complicating factors".

Senior US administration officials told reporters Trump would work with Europeans on a follow-on deal to enshrine triggers that the Iranian government could not exceed related to ballistic missiles.

Mr Johnson described the deal, which is known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a "considerable diplomatic accomplishment".

Mnuchin's remarks came as the world was waiting for Trump to decide if he would reimpose sanctions on Iran, a move that might endanger the landmark Iran nuclear deal. Iran must allow "immediate inspections at all sites requested by international inspectors", he said, and "sunset" provisions imposing limits on Iran's nuclear program must not expire. The EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini added that the international community must also be united in preserving the deal, which she said helped make the world a safer place and prevent a nuclear arms race in the region.

"In absence of such an agreement [between the US and European powers], the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal".

"The deal is working".

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