Iran calls fresh United States sanctions illegal, hostile

US President Donald Trump was meeting with his top security advisors on Iran sanctions reliefSAUL LOEB

US President Donald Trump was meeting with his top security advisors on Iran sanctions reliefSAUL LOEB

The deal is "not renegotiable", Zarif said. "This is a last chance", he added. Trump said that his decision will give Tehran and America's European allies time to fix the deal's "terrible flaws".

The US Treasury on Friday announced sanctions on 14 Iranian individuals and entities, including the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, for human rights abuses and supporting Tehran's ballistic missile programme.

By contrast, my Administration has engaged with key European allies in seeking to secure a new supplemental agreement that would impose new multilateral sanctions if Iran develops or tests long-range missiles, thwarts inspections, or makes progress towards a nuclear weapon requirements that should have been in the nuclear deal in the first place, he said.

Trump might not get much help on the deal from Congress either.

"I also would like to stress that China is always opposed to the unilateral sanctions imposed by relevant countries [primarily, the United States - TASS] on other countries in accordance with their domestic laws".

Republican Senator Bob Corker said "significant progress" had been made on bipartisan congressional legislation to address "flaws in the agreement without violating US commitments".

Trump laid out several conditions to keep the United States in the deal.

The deal on Iran's nuclear program was reached between Iran and six global mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015.

Trump also wants to terminate the phased expiration dates of various limitations placed on Iran's nuclear program.

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Iran promised a strong reaction to the sanctions, which it said violate global law and prior United States commitments.

Officials said the administration will discuss the changes it is seeking with Europeans but will not talk directly with Iran.

One of the reports will likely extend the number of Russian officials and companies on the sanctions list, while the other will analyse whether sanctions so far have proved to be effective, Ryabkov said.

By imposing a deadline in May for the U.S. Congress and European powers to strengthen the nuclear accord, Trump's declaration puts considerable pressure on Britain, France and Germany - the European signatories to the nuclear pact with Iran.

Trump said this is the last chance, and in the absence of an agreement, the U.S. would not remain a party to the deal. The other parties to the agreement would have been unlikely to join the United States in reimposing sanctions.

He, however, agreed to waive major economic sanctions that had been lifted by President Obama as part of the nuclear pact.

Two EU diplomats said EU foreign ministers would discuss next steps at their next regular meeting on January 22 in Brussels. Republican leaders supported Trump's decision in October to deem Iran out of compliance with the deal while holding off on reimposing sanctions that would effectively kill it outright.

Trump's use of racist words have sparked criticism and the worldwide condemnation of the question.

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