Iran to Trump: Nuclear Deal is Not Renegotiable


Yesterday, Donald Trump extended U.S. cooperation in the nuclear deal with Iran for what he said would be the last time, warning Iran and Western allies that the United States will demand a renegotiation of the pact within the next six months.

Mr Trump said in a statement, "despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal", saying this was the last chance to fix it.

The waiver he will sign suspends sanctions for another 120 days but he warned that if a new agreement was not made, sanctions would not be waived again.

Trump again waived nuclear-related sanctions on Friday - as required every few months to stay in the agreement - but demanded European partners work with the United States to "fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".

"The Trump regime's hostile action.crossed all red lines of conduct in the worldwide community and is a violation of global law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic", Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state media.

"Fourth, the legislation must explicitly state in United States law, for the first time, that long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs are inseparable, and that Iran's development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions", the President said.

This would not entail negotiations with Iran, the official said, but rather would be the result of talks between the United States and its European allies.

In a statement following the signing of the waivers, Trump laid out four conditions that must be met, including increased inspections, ensuring "Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon", and that there be no expiry date to the nuke deal.

In addition to tightening the effectiveness of the verification of the deal, the Trump White House also expects that a modified version would include a prohibition of Iran's efforts to develop ballistic missiles with a range that includes Israel. He effectively gave them a deadline of 120 days, the next time he'd have to decide under American law on whether to waive sanctions.

Trump outlined four "critical components" that must be included in U.S. legislation regarding Iran.

Trump is also urging Congress to reform USA law so the president is no longer required to declare every 90 days whether he thinks Iran is in compliance, or to renew sanctions waivers every 120 or 180 days.

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.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called Trump's decision an attempt to "undermine" the deal. Recent disasters within Iran have gained a half-hearted response from the regime, leaving the people struggling to provide for their families and rebuild their lives.

"We are also targeting Iran's ballistic missile program and destabilizing activities, which it continues to prioritize over the economic well-being of the Iranian people", Mnuchin said in a statement.

Iran said on Saturday it would not accept any changes to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The new deal - which Trump envisions as being outlined in U.S. law and involving Britain, France and Germany - would impose tougher controls on Iran if sanctions relief is to continue.

Senior administration officials said Larijani has overseen the sentencing and execution of juveniles in Tehran.