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Trump will QUIT nuclear deal unless flaws are fixed — IRAN'S LAST CHANCE

Trump will QUIT nuclear deal unless flaws are fixed — IRAN'S LAST CHANCE

The US is planning to reimpose sanctions on Iran, an official said ahead of President Donald Trump's decision on sanctions relief on Tehran under the 2015 nuclear deal.

At the same time the USA imposed fresh sanctions on 14 individuals and entities over alleged rights abuses.

The official added that President Trump intends to "work with our European partners on some kind of follow-on agreement that enshrines certain triggers that the Iranian regime can not exceed related to ballistic missiles, related to nuclear breakout period that holds them to one year or less, would hold them to inspections and would have no sunset clause".

Iran, despite repeatedly claiming its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes, has vowed to "shred" the deal if Washington pulls out.

What are the new sanctions?

The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned 14 companies and individuals in Iran and China - in connection with alleged human rights violations and weapons proliferation.

"We are targeting the Iranian regime, including the head of Iran's judiciary, for its appalling mistreatment of its citizens, including those imprisoned exclusively for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and for censoring its own people as they stand up in protest against their government", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.

The decision, first reported by the Associated Press, keeps the United States in the Iran deal, at least for the time being, despite Trump's suggestion past year that he was inclined to walk away from it.

It added that Trump had continued to "take hostile measures against the Iranian people and repeating the threats that have failed many times".

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had earlier said on Twitter that the deal was "not renegotiable" and that Trump's move "amounts to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement".

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So far, the deal has helped defuse the Iranian nuclear crisis and bolstered the global non-proliferation regime. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have been working with White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on an agreement that would keep the Iran deal intact.

In return, decades of global and USA nuclear-related sanctions were suspended.

The waiver he will sign suspends United States sanctions on Iran for 120 more days.

What does Mr Trump want to change?

He did not set a deadline, but under US law the president is required to waive sanctions every four months.

"Either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw", he said.

But he also made clear these waivers will be the last, unless what he calls serious flaws in the agreement are addressed by the spring. In November, the body again said Iran was in compliance. Others were linked to support for the country's ballistic missile program.

"This way, Trump manages to kill the accord while ensuring that Tehran gets the blame for its collapse", he said.

United States allies including the UK and France have repeatedly defended the agreement and said Iran continues to comply with the accord and they, too, intend to do so.

French President Emmanuel Macron phoned Mr Trump on Thursday to call for "the strict application of the deal and the importance of all the signatories to respect it".