Iran says nuclear deal with major powers not renegotiable
Jan 14 2018 by Desiree Burns
The issue was also discussed by French president Emmanuel Macron and Mr Trump in a phone call on Thursday.
"Today, we learned that the president's plan includes bullying our allies into fundamentally altering the terms of a deal that they know is working for our mutual security and have publicly stated they have no interest in amending", it said.
He said it gave Iran "far too much in exchange for far too little", and demanded a new agreement that would impose fresh sanctions on Iran if it developed or tested long-range missiles, thwarted inspections or made any progress towards a nuclear weapon.
The White House wants European Union signatories to agree permanent restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment. As it stands, Iran is now allowed to enrich uranium to low grades unsuitable for weapons use.
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.
"Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal", Trumpsaid in a statement, saying the options were to fix "the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".
Russian Federation has said Washington would be making a grave mistake by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, adding that Moscow would work hard to keep the landmark agreement alive. "We are targeting the Iranian regime, including the head of Iran's judiciary, for its appalling mistreatment of its citizens, including those imprisoned exclusively for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and for censoring its own people as they stand up in protest against their government".
The EU said in a statement it had taken note of Trump'sdecision and would assess its implications.
Diplomacy Works, a pressure group set up by former secretary of state John Kerry to defend the deal, was scathing. China and Russian Federation were also involved in the negotiations.
Ryabkov said the US withdrawal from the deal would damage other global agreements.
USA officials said the new sanctions were for human-rights abuses by the Iranian regime during its response to civil protests, and for weapons proliferation. The Iranian President later came out and said flatly that Iran wants to strengthen its missile capabilities - and doesn't intend to ask permission to do it.
USA presidents, under existing American law, must waive the sanctions every few months to prevent them from causing Iran to declare the nuclear pact violated and simply walk away to resume pursuit of an atomic arsenal. Trump is also waiving other US penalties covered by the agreement, including on Iran's oil and gas sectors, which were up for renewal next week. The sanctions, when they are in place, target third parties overseas that deal with Iran and have the effect - because of the reach of the USA dollar - of severely inhibiting trade with Iran.
The US Treasury on Friday announced sanctions on 14 Iranian individuals and entities, including the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, for human rights abuses and supporting Tehran's ballistic missile programme.
Trump has argued that Obama, a Democrat, negotiated a bad deal for the United States in agreeing to the nuclear accord.