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Trump expected to extend waiver on Iran sanctions

President Trump Ignore the Iran Deal EU expresses commitment to Iran nuclear deal
Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2018, 15:15

Russian Federation spoke out strongly Friday in favor of the accord, ahead of the announcement of Trump's decision, calling it "the result of a consensus among many parties", in the words of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Tehran has always denied seeking nuclear arms. Instead of using sanctions relief to improve the economy, Iran's leaders increased the military budget by 145 percent and boosted its nuclear and missile programs.

Yet keeping the USA in the JCPOA goes against one of Trump's major campaign promises and contradicts his repeated characterization of it as one of the worst deals in history.

In October, he refused to recertify for Congress that Iran was complying, accusing it of "not living up to the spirit" of the agreement.

The Foreign Secretary highlighted the case as he attended talks in Brussels focused on the Iran nuclear deal amid concerns about US President Donald Trump's opposition to the agreement.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is involved in drafting the legislation, said last week that a proposed bill is "moving along" but slowly.

Richard Nephew, principal deputy coordinator for sanctions policy at the State Department during the Obama administration, sees four options for Trump's latest decision on Iran.

"The unity of the global community is essential to preserve a deal that is working, that is making the world safer and that is preventing a potential nuclear arms race in the region".

"The secretary has been at the White House nearly every day". With a looming deadline on Friday over waiving the sanctions, it's unclear what the President will do. State Department officials initially suggested it could come as early as yesterday, but later said it would not happen before today. "Not waiving the sanctions presents a prima facie case for US non-compliance". A US official said on Wednesday that if Trump waived those sanctions, the administration would impose new, targeted measures against Iranian businesses and people.

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One U.S. official said on Wednesday that if Trump waived the key sanctions under the deal, the administration would impose new, targeted measures against Iranian businesses and people.

Mr Johnson stressed that Iran was fully in compliance with it. "We've rolled them out and I think you can expect there will be more sanctions coming". US sanctions also target the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, the elite military force that is active in regional hot spots, including Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

Sanders did not say when an announcement would be made.

As a diplomatic breakthrough reached between six major countries and Iran in 2015 after a decade of talks, the deal has been proven effective in deterring Iran's nuclear development, bolstering stability in the Middle East and upholding the worldwide non-proliferation regime, especially at such a delicate time.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., warned that reimposing sanctions would undercut the protesters' aims. "Human rights violations. We couldn't be more focused", he said.

Trump's fourth option, as Nephew sees it, would be to announce a decision to terminate the sanctions waivers, but set it in the future.

"We are prepared for the worst-case scenario", Majid Takhi Ravanchi, a senior aide to Rouhani, told Iranian state media, "not only in the political field but even on the economic front". European countries are banking on the deal, as many began investing in Iran after the sanctions were lifted.

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