Rouhani mocks Trump over nuclear deal 'failure'

Posted January 16, 2018

Trump on Friday extended the waivers of key economic sanctions that were lifted under the agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program.

Britain, France, Germany and the European Union all helped negotiate the deal, and the agreement is as much with them as it is with the United States and Iran. In effect, he is asking them to act as mediators to accomplish changes that Iran is refusing to make. "And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately".

The announcement came as the Treasury Department placed sanctions on 14 individuals and entities for alleged offenses unrelated to Iran's nuclear industry.

He said the nuclear deal is "not renegotiable and rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, the U.S. must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran". Others were linked to support for the country's ballistic missile program, which falls outside the scope of the nuclear deal.

"The US administration has failed to undermine the nuclear deal".

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Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, on Friday accused Trump of "desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement", while European leaders have urged "all parties to continue to fully implement this agreement".

The Iranian president further hailed the deal as "a long-lasting victory for Iran".

"It's been one year since Trump has been trying to kill JCPOA and hasn't been successful".

Is Trump being tough on Iran?

In other words, is Trump being tough on Iran, or is he just talking tough.

He is seeking radical changes to the deal, which he claims has "terrible flaw" - and has threatened to scrap it in four months' time unless he gets his way.

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To keep the 2015 deal alive before he is required to sign another waiver in 120 days from now, Trump outlined four "critical components" that must be included in USA legislation regarding Iran.

On Friday, Trump agreed to waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the worldwide deal but said it would be the last time unless conditions were met to fix what he called "significant flaws" in the deal.

"It has funded, armed, and trained more than 100,000 militants to spread destruction across the Middle East".

"The regime's destructive missiles threaten neighbouring countries and global shipping".

The prime minister added that the global community must "strongly condemn the five crimes of the Iranian regime", including its "efforts to obtain nuclear weapons, developing ballistic missiles against UN Security Council resolutions, supporting terror, regional aggression" and "the cruel repression of Iranian citizens".

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The Saturday report said Telegram, which has some 40 million users in Iran, is accessible once again through both Wi-Fi and mobile networks.