US President Donald Trump has signed sanction waivers, upholding Washington’s commitments to former president Barack Obama’s deal with Iran.
He did, however, issue a warning that he still wants to see the deal “fixed”.
“Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal,” Mr Trump said in a statement.
“Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw.”
Mr Trump wants to see tougher controls placed on Iran in return for the sanction relief.
This puts the pressure on Britain, France and Germany, the European signatories to the pact, who Mr Trump expects to revise the deal.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has criticised Mr Trump’s stance, accusing him of undermining the multilateral deal.
“Trump’s policy & today’s announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement, maliciously violating its paras 26, 28 & 29,” Mr Zarif said.
“JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran.”
Consequences Of The New Deal
These controls include permanent restrictions on Iran’s nuclear plants and its missile program, removing the 10 year expiration date Mr Obama set.
“These provisions must have no expiration date. My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon — not just for ten years, but forever,” Trump said.
“If Iran does not comply with any of these provisions, American nuclear sanctions would automatically resume.”