Trump issues ultimatum to 'fix' Iran nuclear deal

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President Donald Trump gave European partners an ultimatum Friday to fix "significant flaws" in an Iranian nuclear agreement, or he will withdraw the United States from the deal in a few months' time.

The United States meant to work with its European partners on a follow-on agreement which enshrines certain "triggers" that Iran can not exceed related to ballistic missiles and inspections, said senior Trump administration officials on Friday while briefing reporters about Trump's decision. "In absence of such an agreement (between the U.S. and European powers), the USA will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal", he said in a lenghty statement.

Trump's decision was announced alongside another package of new sanctions - punishing not Iran's nuclear programme, but its alleged abuse of human rights in a crackdown on recent street protests.

Nowhere in all this does anyone have any real idea if the deal's putative intention, seriously delaying Iran's nuclear ambitions, was achieved even partly.

The landmark 2015 deal curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for the relaxing of punishing sanctions

The United States proposes removing clauses that suggest parts of the deal expire after 10 to 15 years and tying long-range missile technology to nuclear weapons - meaning testing the former would be seen as a similar sin to developing the latter.

Trump said he wanted Congress to pass a bill requiring "timely, sufficient, and immediate inspections" at all sites by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the indefinite extension of limits on Iran's uranium enrichment and other nuclear activities.

"If the United States reneges on its agreement, it will undermine global trust in America".

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

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European governments are troubled by Trump's "America first" rhetoric and inconsistent statements on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union, while they consider the Iran nuclear deal one of West's the biggest diplomatic achievements in decades.

"Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the bad flaws of the Iran nuclear deal", the president said Friday in a statement.

As part of the deal, the US released Iranian assets frozen because of Iran's nuclear deal. Iran must allow "immediate inspections at all sites requested by worldwide inspectors", he said, and "sunset" provisions imposing limits on Iran's nuclear programme must not expire.

The Treasury Department also listed several Chinese individuals and companies for breaking similar rules to provide materials to Iran that could be used in navigation and weapons systems.

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Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security at the Iranian parliament, declared that Tehran will not abandon a fraction of its ballistic missile policies.

"Certification is a purely US domestic decision". These penalties largely cut Iran out of the global financial system, until they were suspended by Obama under the nuclear deal. One official said the actions "will send a very strong message that the United States is not going to tolerate their continued abuses".

"If other nations fail to act during this time, I will terminate our deal with Iran", warned Trump.

Sticking with the deal but imposing new nonnuclear sanctions while seeking to change the agreement was a compromise position.

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"Trump failed to pressure U.S. Congress into taking action against the Iran nuclear deal".

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