President Trump says he won't pull out of deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear programme. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is imposing new targeted sanctions on Iran that aren't part of this deal.
"Third, unlike the nuclear deal, these provisions must have no expiration date", he said. This is a last chance. Should Trump fail to issue future waivers, European entities and businesses will bear the brunt of secondary sanctions, creating a potential crisis in US-EU relations, in addition to whatever actions Tehran might take in response.
The announcement came as the Treasury Department placed sanctions on 14 individuals and entities for alleged offenses unrelated to Iran s nuclear industry.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif describe Trump's decision as "desperate attempt" to "undermine" the deal. What exactly did President Trump do today?
He said the nuclear deal is "not renegotiable and rather than repeating tired rhetoric, the US must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran". But he is giving the other countries in the deal a warning. It prevents Iran from developing nuclear weapons while offering sanctions relief to allow it to participate in international commerce and banking. "And crucially, we are calling on all nations to lend similar support to the Iranian people, who are suffering under a regime that is stifling basic freedoms and denying its citizens the opportunity to build better lives for their families - an opportunity that is every human being's God-given right".
Trump outlined four "critical components" that must be included in US legislation regarding Iran. NPR's Michele Kelemen is with us now to talk about this. It's keeping Iran's nuclear program in check. Instead, it has served as a slush fund for weapons, terror, and oppression, and to further line the pockets of corrupt regime leaders, he said.
Those allies would be the United Kingdom, France and Germany, because they together with the U.S. had imposed the greatest sanctions on Iran before the Iran deal was reached, said an administration official who was not authorized to speak on the record.
"This is a last chance". In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal.
"If other nations fail to act during this time, I will terminate our deal with Iran". They've been lobbying hard to keep the Trump administration in, arguing that the deal is working. He wants to make the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program permanent so Iran never gets any closer to building a nuclear bomb.
"It has funded, armed, and trained more than 100,000 militants to spread destruction across the Middle East. It props up the murderous regime of Bashar al Assad, and has helped him slaughter his own people", he said. "The regime's destructive missiles threaten neighboring countries and international shipping. Within Iran, the Supreme Leader and his Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps use mass arrests and torture to oppress and silence Iran's people".
The US, he said, is countering Iranian proxy wars in Yemen and Syria.