Trump to waive sanctions against Iran, keeps nuke deal alive

RSTV Bureau
FILE: Washington: US President Donald Trump at the White House. AP/PTI

FILE: Washington: US President Donald Trump at the White House.
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United States President Donald Trump said he is suspending sanctions against Iran for one last time in order to keep the nuke deal alive. The waiver he will sign suspends US sanctions on Iran for another 120 days. The landmark Iran nuclear accord was signed between six global powers and Iran in 2015.

The nuclear deal saw Iran agreeing to reduce its nuclear activity and in return, decades of international and US nuclear-related sanctions were suspended.

Trump in a statement on Friday said that this is a last chance and the US will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. The White House wants European Union signatories to agree permanent restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment.

“Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the US from the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said in a statement.

He told the international community, in particular his European allies, either to fix the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or he would withdraw the US from the nuclear deal.

“Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deals disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw,” he said.

“This is the last chance. In absence of such an agreement (between the US and European powers), the US will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal,” he said in a lenghty statement.

Under the current deal they are set to expire in 2025.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it was a “desperate attempt” to undermine a “solid” deal. European top diplomats also have reasserted their commitments to the deal.

(With inputs from Agencies)