Trump Holds Back on Iran Sanctions

Iran calls fresh US sanctions illegal, hostile

Iran calls fresh US sanctions illegal, hostile

On Friday, President Trump was seen to avoid upending the Iranian nuclear deal that he has repeatedly blamed and criticized the Obama administration for negotiating it. He, however, agreed to waive major economic sanctions that had been lifted by President Obama as part of the nuclear pact. His decision will keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive for the time being.

Trump has constantly criticised the pact inked between the six world powers - China, Russia, Britain, France, the US and Germany - and Iran in 2015, in which the West promised to relieve sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a halt in Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

Trump has particularly bristled at having to give Iran a "thumbs up" every few months by acknowledging that it is meeting its nuclear requirements, which should allow it to invest in foreign banks, sell petroleum overseas, buy U.S. and European aircraft, and so forth. Scuttling the nuclear deal would be a disaster, especially with the mass protests going on in Iran right now.

"I do want to stress also that this would not entail direct negotiations with the Iranians, this would be something the United States works out with our European partners only", the official added.

Most of those sanctions including the ones imposed on Iran's judiciary chief came as a consequence of the crackdown by the government of its citizens who were protesting peacefully last week.

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) didn't like the idea of waiving Iran's nuclear sanctions. Instead of developing Iranian society, Khamenei and his henchmen steal the people's wealth and national treasure and use both to line their pockets and pay for their wars abroad.

Russia will hold its next presidential vote on March 18 when President Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win another six-year stint. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately, "Trump issued the warning".

Additionally, along with pushing the deal back to Congress, the President authorized the U.S. Treasury to impose sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which he called a "corrupt personal terror force". There are about 400 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors in Iran, and they indicate Iran is complying with the deal.

Despite Donald Trump's vows to kill it, Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal lives.

According to anonymous officials on a conference call with various reporters, Trump will not issue any more waivers after Friday unless specific fixes are made to the Iran deal.

The European Union said it had taken note of Mr Trump's decision and would assess its implications. "He wants to deny Iran access to nuclear weapons forever and not just for 10 years", one of the officials said.

He said Beijing would continue playing a constructive role in maintaining and implementing the JCPOA, adding that the deal would help maintain peace and stability in the region and solve "other hot issues" around the world.

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