Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Trump extends sanctions relief for Iran

Trump extends sanctions relief for Iran

"If other nations fail to act during this time, I will terminate our deal with Iran", he said.

Mr Trump has also approved sanctions against the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, who the administration holds culpable for the violent crackdown on recent anti-government protests.

However, the USA imposed fresh sanctions on 14 individuals and entities over alleged human rights abuses.

The new strategy is likely to accelerate tensions between the us and Iran, which received significant global sanctions relief after the 2015 nuclear agreement was not signed.

The Treasury Department also announced on Friday that sanctions would be leveled against 14 individuals and entities in Iran that are connected to "serious human rights abuses and censorship in Iran" as well as Iran's missile program. "But any bill I sign must include four critical components", he said. They argue that if the US pulls out, Iran might kick out global nuclear inspectors. "Second, it must ensure that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon". That keeps the landmark 2015 nuclear deal alive for at least another several months, despite Trump's past vows to scuttle the accord. My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon - not just for ten years, but forever.

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"I am expecting new sanctions on Iran".

Hardliners on Iran in the US Congress have called for the reimposition of the suspended sanctions and an end to the nuclear deal, while some liberal Democrats want to pass legislation that would make it harder for Trump to pull Washington out without congressional consent. Russian Federation and China are adamantly opposed to renegotiating the deal, as is Iran.

On Oct. 13, Trump announced that he chose to decertify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal, in a move that did not pull the U.S. out of the deal but triggered a 60-day window for U.S. Congress to decide whether to reimpose the nuclear-related sanctions on Iran.

Waiving the big sanctions and slapping on some new small ones is a maneuver we've seen the Trump administration do before, as it deals with its dilemma on the nuclear deal.

But in doing so, a senior administration official said that Trump would not sign any more such waivers going forward- starting a 120-day clock for negotiations over what the White House describes as a supplemental accord with Europe that will impose new terms on Iran over its future nuclear work.

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President Donald Trump has extended waivers of nuclear sanctions against Iran. With a looming deadline on Friday over waiving the sanctions, it's unclear what the President will do.

That balance is aimed at satisfying Trump's demand to raise pressure on Iran, while not embarking on a frontal assault on the most central trade-offs of the nuclear agreement.

He also challenged Washington to come up with a better alternative.

But Iranian crude might not be safe for long. "European partners were unanimous today in our determination to preserve the deal and tackle Iran's disruptive behaviour".

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