President Donald Trump gave European partners an ultimatum Friday to fix "significant flaws" in an Iranian nuclear agreement, or he will withdraw the United States from the deal in a few months' time.
His decision will keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive for the time being.
The President has argued that the deal makes the US look weak but is allegedly willing to waive the sanctions in order to toughen the terms of the agreement.
There is not a lot of evidence that the nuclear deal is good for the people of Iran who are currently protesting widespread corruption that has bankrupted their economy in spite of sanctions relief and the unfreezing of billions in foreign assets.
He also wants to give the International Atomic Energy Agency access to Iranian military sites, and for the deal to cover Iran's ballistic missile programme.
By the time the next waiver signing rolls around in 120 days, Trump wants a new deal in place that removes "sunset clauses" allowing Iran to resume enhanced enrichment of fissile material within a decade, three senior administration officials said Friday.
In a tweet, Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif said, "Trump's policy & today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement..."
In a joint press conference in Brussels on Thursday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany issued a plea to the United States to stay in the agreement.
In addition to making this decision, the Trump administration has placed new sanctions on 14 Iranian regime persons and entities, including senior judicial figures in the country.
If Iran does not comply with any of these provisions, American nuclear sanctions would automatically resume. Work already has begun on this front, the official said. Reimposing sanctions would mean violating the Iran nuclear deal on the US side.
"They should join us in constraining Iran's missile development and stopping its proliferation of missiles, especially to Yemen", he said.
The agreement, signed by President Obama in 2015, saw economic sanctions waived in return for Iran not developing nuclear weapons.
Trump must decide on Friday whether to renew the waiver and whether to recertify the deal on Saturday. "We are targeting the Iranian regime, including the head of Iran's judiciary, for its appalling mistreatment of its citizens, including those imprisoned solely for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and for censoring its own people as they stand up in protest against their government".
Additionally, along with pushing the deal back to Congress, the President authorized the U.S. Treasury to impose sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which he called a "corrupt personal terror force".
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