Trump expected to extend waiver on Iran sanctions

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Trump expected to extend waiver on Iran sanctions

"This is the last chance", Donald Trump said in a statement, as Efe quoted.

Part of the nuclear deal was that the USA would waive the sanctions, which are part of the relief Iran gets in exchange for destroying much of its nuclear equipment and allowing inspections.

"Iran strongly announces that it will make no measure beyond its JCPOA commitments and will make no changes in the nuclear deal neither now nor in the future", the statement read.

Trump is also seeking for a follow-on agreement with the European allies that will eliminate the "sunset" clauses in the current agreement, said senior Trump administration officials who briefed reporters on the decision on Friday afternoon.

"If Iran does not comply with any of these provisions, American nuclear sanctions would automatically resume", the president's statement said.

Trump's demands include extending the restrictions on Iran's civilian nuclear program permanently, and also wants to compel the European nations within the deal to accept USA "snap-back" provisions to reimpose sanctions on Iran at any time the United States declares them in violation.

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A US official said on Wednesday that if Trump waived those sanctions, the administration would impose new, targeted measures against Iranian businesses and people.

Under US law, the president is required to renew the waiver on sanctions every 120 days.

The ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans - key backers and parties to the 2015 worldwide agreement to curb Iran's nuclear programme - to satisfy Mr. Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days.

"In what we heard Friday, I don't see any invitation for Iran to enter dialogue", he said. With a looming deadline on Friday over waiving the sanctions, it's unclear what the President will do. Targets include the head of the Iran judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani, and a Chinese ceramics company called BOCHUANG CERAMIC, INC.

Trump said he wants to amend United States law to make Iran's long-range missile program inseparable from its nuclear program.

Trump opted not to certify Iran's compliance with the deal in October 2017, citing the regime's ongoing terrorist activity in the Middle East and its relentless pursuit of a ballistic missile program.

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"We will not remain silent as the Iranian dictatorship represses the basic rights of its citizens and will hold Iran's leaders accountable for any violations", the White House said earlier this week.

Trump, he said, would agree to stay in the JCPOA if the agreement would "never expire" and would not entail direct negotiations with Iran, but only with the European partners only, all of which on Thursday stated their support for the JCPOA in meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Brussels.

Meanwhile an Iranian politician said Iran "will not mourn" if the U.S. pulls out of the nuclear deal. Bhala can discuss why the president's position is wrong as well as the requirements of the deal for the U.S., Iran and worldwide allies.

US officials and others familiar with the administration's deliberations told The Associated Press that Trump is likely to back the accord for now but that he may pair his decision with new, targeted sanctions on Iranian businesses and people.

As the tensions between Washington and Tehran continue to rise, a senior Iranian official said that his country will continue to develop ballistic missiles.

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