The Heat: Iran Nuclear Deal and Macron's visit to China

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Ryabkov's remarks come one day after U.S. President Donald Trump extended sanctions relief on Iran for what he said would be the final time. Trump has constantly criticised the pact inked between the six world powers - China, Russia, Britain, France, the United States 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.

Under the hard-won 2015 deal with Russian Federation, the US, China, France, Britain, Germany and the EU, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for lifting of a raft of worldwide sanctions.

"AIPAC appreciates the Trump administration's decision today to sanction additional individuals and entities that support Iran's illicit activities and violations of human rights", the pro-Israel lobby said in a statement.

Under the accord, Iran slowed its nuclear programme in exchange for an easing of worldwide economic sanctions.

Tehran has responded to the latest United States sanctions over Iran's alleged human rights abuses and ballistic missile program.

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Trump said this is the last chance, and in the absence of an agreement, the United States would not remain a party to the deal.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had earlier said on Twitter that Trump's decision undermined the multilateral agreement.

"JCPOA is not renegotiable; rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, the United States must bring itself to full compliance, just like Iran", he said.

In a phone call, President Emmanuel Macron of France also urged Trump not to scrap the deal.

Officials, congressional aides and outside administration advisers said had the president would likely extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in amending USA legislation that governs Washington's participation in the deal. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately, Trump warned, adding that no one should doubt his words.

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Here's why this keeps coming up: Every few months - the terms vary - the president faces deadlines for deciding whether to continue waiving sanctions that Congress imposed years ago.

On Friday, Trump agreed to waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the global deal but said it would be the last time unless conditions were met to fix what he called "significant flaws" in the deal. However, it is worthy of note that all these areas that Iranians are complaining about are outside the scope of the nuclear deal.

Sen. Benjamin Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called Trump's statement an "ultimatum" and said the president is "making negotiations with Europe more hard by the way he's laying out the conditions".

Iran will definitely respond to the US act by putting the name of Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani on list of sanctions. The sanctions are an apparent American response to the recent wave of protests across Iran.

"We are cutting off the regime s money flows to terrorists".

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