Trump has long been critical about the pact inked between the six world powers, namely China, Russia, Britain, France, the United States and Germany, and Iran in 2015, in which the West promises to relieve sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a halt in Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.
That's when the next deadline comes for extending sanctions relief for Iran. And yet the root of the problem in Iran remains the regime itself. Iran insists its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes.
President Donald Trump has extended waivers of nuclear sanctions against Iran.
As the Trump administration enters its second year, we expect further shifts in U.S. policy toward enhanced trade enforcement, renegotiation of trade agreements, and increased sanctions. It is not clear whether this would involve real negotiation with Iran or a fiat imposed by the P5+1, or by the EU3+1, or something else. It could maintain an active nuclear program (enriching uranium, conducting research and development, and replacing old, slow centrifuges with new ones that will make the enrichment process 20 times faster); expand its ballistic missile program; become a regional superpower with control, or at least major influence, over four nearby countries (Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen); and still receive sanctions relief worth billions of dollars and have European companies lining up to do business with it, resulting in booming 12 percent growth and plummeting inflation.
"No one should doubt my word", he said. Trump in October chose not to certify compliance and warned he might ultimately terminate the accord. I will also follow through on this pledge.
During their phone conversation, Zarif and Wang Yi also conferred on the Iran nuclear deal and the need for all parties to live up to their commitments under the JCPOA.
"We do not hide other disagreements, which exist ... both in the ballistic field and over Iran's action in the whole region", Le Drian said, adding that Europe viewed those issues as separate from the nuclear one.
Trump also wants Congress to impose new strictures on dealing with Iran, including a law that would explicitly tie Iran's missile programs to its nuclear program. According to the European Union, which placed its own sanctions on the judiciary chief in 2012, Sadegh Larijani has "personally signed off on numerous death penalty sentences". And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately.
In a background briefing, senior administration officials said this is Trump's "waiver" on Iran. Like many Westerners reporting from abroad, he committed the cardinal error of thinking that the fairly narrow circles he frequents represent the country as a whole. In November, the body again said Iran was in compliance. Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky calls this approach "linkage" because it ties the dictator's abuse of his citizens to his legitimacy on the international stage.
All these factors are dangerous to the theological state, that wages regional wars and spreads terrorism.
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