Iran threatens to seriously respond to USA sanctions against judiciary head

Iran threatens to seriously respond to USA sanctions against judiciary head

Iran threatens to seriously respond to USA sanctions against judiciary head

"We are also targeting Iran's ballistic missile program and destabilising activities, which it continues to prioritise over the economic well-being of the Iranian people".

After the President's announcement on Friday, Obama officials who helped negotiate the 2015 agreement reiterated that the accord ensures Iran can not obtain a nuclear weapon.

Trump blamed Iran for an array of alleged malign activities - including support for terrorist groups and the "murderous regime" of Syrian President Bashar Assad as well as torture, mass arrests and oppression at home.

Trump has argued behind the scenes that the nuclear deal makes the United States look weak, a senior US official said.

"President Obama failed to act as the Iranian people took to the streets in 2009". I really doubt that this ultimatum will work because you can not mix in non-nuclear and conventional issues such as Iran's ballistic missile issue with the nuclear issue because then what kind of standards will you use?

"The United States will not stand by while the Iranian regime continues to engage in human rights abuses and injustice", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. But Trump's refusal to certify the deal to Congress did not pull the USA out of the deal itself.

Donald Trump just "dodged a bullet" with the Iran sanctions waiver but he's now "setting up" the U.S. to violate its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal, warns independent nonproliferation group the Arms Control Association. "Rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance- just like Iran".

Trump made the threat as he extended waivers of key economic sanctions on Iran, keeping the accord alive at least for now. "Abandoning the nuclear deal with Iran will not lead to more stability but rather would endanger world peace". Trump is also waiving other US penalties covered by the agreement, including on Iran's oil and gas sectors, which were up for renewal next week.

The US president is required to renew the existing deal every 120 days under American law.

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Iran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes and that it will stick to the accord as long as the other signatories respect it, but will "shred" the deal if Washington pulls out.

Trump announced on Friday that the US would keep the pact in place and waive sanctions against Iran for the "last time", in order to secure agreement from the US' European allies to fix its "terrible flaws".

Russian Federation on Saturday said Washington would be making a grave mistake by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, adding that Moscow would work hard to keep the landmark agreement alive.

This would not entail negotiations with Iran but would be the result of talks with European allies, the official said.

"We have also heeded that the global community universally support the JCPOA and fully recognize the efforts made by Iran to implement it", he said.

The sanctions Trump had to waive Friday dealt with Iran's central bank. Sometimes called "sunset provisions", many of them lapse in 10 to 15 years. The other parties to the agreement would have been unlikely to join the United States in reimposing sanctions.

Rep. Eliot Engel of NY, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the demands are unattainable. "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". They were imposed on 14 Iranian entities and individuals, the most prominent of whom is the head of the country's judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani.

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran in September 2017.

The European Union also has not given any sign of wanting to renegotiate the deal.

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