Iran rejects Trump's demand for changes to Obama-era nuclear deal

"Iran's response will be severe, and all consequences of this hostile act will be the responsibility of the United States", it said.

The 14 Iranian individuals and entities sanctioned Friday include a notorious prison and members of the Islamic Republic's judiciary who have sentenced dissidents to death.

Abuzar Ebrahimi Torkaman, head of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, inaugurating the conference, said culture is an essential element for coordination and convergence, and dialogue will be a proper way to settle international and regional problems effectively. "We have been under US sanctions for the last 40 years", said Farshad Alyan, a 26-year-old law student.

Even with President Donald Trump continuing to waive nuclear sanctions, Iran's economy remains hobbled by US restrictions but some diplomats in Tehran remain quietly confident for the future.

Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the "terrible flaws" of the 2015 nuclear deal. The enormous financial windfall the Iranian regime received because of the deal access to more than USD 100 billion, including USD 1.8 billion in cash has not been used to better the lives of the Iranian people. Instead, we're subjected to Trump's ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn't look like him'.

Some of the new sanctions announced by the Treasury Department are a response to crackdowns on anti-government protests and blocking access to social media sites. It is as if he is threatening to withhold his next payment on a building development unless his contractors agree to fix the lobby and build a garage for free, and he's asking his family to secure these concessions.

The sanctions with the most political repercussions are against the administrative head of Iran's judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani. "But the clear reluctance with which he has issued the sanctions waivers will continue to weigh on the business community", said Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, founder of the Europe-Iran Forum, a business network.

European allies had strongly urged the White House to stick with the nuclear deal, saying a decision to abandon it would strain the transatlantic partnership.

"The Chinese side always firmly supports the JCPOA".

There is also no evidence that the Europeans have the appetite to reopen the deal. These areas fall outside the scope of the nuclear deal. The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency has repeatedly found Iran is complying with those obligations.

Iranian officials warned that a U.S. withdrawal from the deal would spell its doom.

Trump's decision avoided placing the United States in violation of the commitments it made in the landmark 2015 deal. "It is delivering on its main goal, which means keeping the Iranian nuclear program in check and under close surveillance". Macron "reaffirmed France's determination to see the agreement strictly enforced and the importance for all of its signatories to abide by it", his office said in a statement. His older brother, Ali Larijani, is the speaker of Iran's parliament. Others said the diplomatic meeting in Brussels was similarly ill-conceived, and they expressed frustration that the legislative efforts in Congress were not progressing quickly enough.

  • Leon Brazil