Trump says he will soon take a decision on Iran sanctions

Trump says he will soon take a decision on Iran sanctions

In July 2015, after a decade of strenuous negotiations, Iran and six major countries - China, Russia, Britain, France, the U.S. and Germany, struck a final agreement on Iran's controversial nuclear program, in which the West promised to relieve sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a halt in Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

French President Emmanuel Macron told United States counterpart Donald Trump today that it is important for all signatories to respect the landmark Iran nuclear agreement, the French leader's office said.

At a meeting with Iran, Britain, France, and Germany, convened by the EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini, the European powers that helped negotiate the 2015 accord will reassure Tehran they remain committed to it. Last September, 45 national security experts wrote to the president urging that he implement the Bolton plan.

"Not certifying only creates the possibility of USA non-compliance", said Jarrett Blanc, the State Department coordinator for implementing the agreement under the Obama administration.

They will also urge Iran to continue to comply with global inspectors, the diplomats said. Kharazi served as foreign minister under Reformist President Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005) and now heads Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations.

Such a balance could satisfy Trump's demand to raise pressure on Iran, while not embarking on a frontal assault on the most central trade-offs of the nuclear agreement.

"Iran is ready to increase the speed of its nuclear activities in various areas, especially enrichment, several times more than the pre-JCPOA era", asserted Behrooz Kamalvandi, the deputy chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

"I don't think anybody has so far produced a better alternative", said the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson.

"The unity of the worldwide community is essential to preserve a deal that is working, that is making the world safer and that is preventing potential nuclear arms race in the region".

Under the accord, Iran slowed its nuclear programme in exchange for an easing of worldwide economic sanctions. "Iran is fully complying with the commitments made under the agreement".

Officials for the Trump Administration spoke to the Associated Press under the condition of anonymity and explained that United States lawmakers had struck a compromise and amended legislation relating to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "And we expect all parties to continue to fully implement this agreement". With most attention now focused on protests inside Iran, the White House will likely continue working overtime to deter foreign investment by creating perpetual uncertainty around the deal while simultaneously reissuing core sanctions waivers.

Any move by President Trump to re-impose sanctions could deal a mortal blow to further efforts to revive a groundswell of support for a return to some semblance of democracy in Iran.

The EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini added that the worldwide community must also be united in preserving the deal, which she said helped make the world a safer place and prevent a nuclear arms race in the region. He called the agreement a "considerable diplomatic accomplishment".

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez wrote Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin asking that the federal government to do more to assure US tech companies that they would not be violating USA sanctions if they provide workarounds for protesters to use online platforms that the Iranian government has censored.

As shambolic as the Trump administration has been during its first year in office, it defies plausibility to describe their Iran-deal violations as anything other than insidious and intentional.

"It is absolutely necessary to have this to prevent the development of nuclear weapons at a time when other parts of the world are discussing how to get them", Gabriel said, later specifically mentioning North Korea in his remarks.

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