Trump renews Iran nuclear deal, warns it's the last time

Trump also is slapping targeted sanctions on some Iranian officials, but has opted against applying the kind of harsh sanctions that would blow up the nuclear accord, administration officials told reporters Friday afternoon on a conference call that, due to "technical difficulties", did not feature reporters' questions.

The president wants Congress to modify a law that reviews US participation in the nuclear deal to include "trigger points" that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the official said.

"Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal", Trump said. "Those who, for whatever reason, choose not to work with us will be siding with the Iranian regime's nuclear ambitions, and against the people of Iran and the peaceful nations of the world".

European leaders on Thursday encouraged U.S. President Donald Trump not to dismiss the Iran nuclear deal, but instead show that there is a better alternative.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif responded to Trump's statement on Twitter, saying that it "amounts to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement".

Zarif noted in a tweet the "strong consensus in Brussels" that Tehran is respecting its obligations and that "Iran's continued compliance [is] conditioned on full compliance by the U.S". They should pressure the Iranian regime to stop violating its citizens' rights.

The agreement does not stop countries from imposing non-nuclear related sanctions on Iran. "It's time for Trump to make the Iranian people the focus of his Iran policy".

The decision comes as Iran's government deals with protests over economic hardships and corruption that are linked to frustration among younger Iranians who hoped to see more benefits from the lifting of sanctions.

In July 2015, Iran and six major powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - struck an accord formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in which Iran pledged to curb activities such as uranium enrichment. That lack of support will make isolating Iran "much more difficult", says Business Insider, and "some analysts argue that the Washington crackdown could merely push Iran to begin selling oil under contracts denominated in [Chinese] yuan rather than dollars".

The IRGC is Iran's strongest military force that was founded after the Iranian revolution in 1979. It's keeping Iran's nuclear program in check. The argument for staying in was to allow time to toughen the terms of the agreements, the official said.

The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned 14 companies and individuals in Iran and China - in connection with alleged human rights violations and weapons proliferation.

Trump is expected to decide by Friday whether to extend the sanctions relief or re-impose the restrictions his predecessor, President Barack Obama, suspended two years ago.

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