Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump Admin Waives Iran Nuclear Sanctions But Announces New Targeted Sanctions

Trump Admin Waives Iran Nuclear Sanctions But Announces New Targeted Sanctions

In October, Mr Trump controversially announced that the United States was pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal negotiated during the Obama presidency, but he ordered Congress to come up with a solution that might justify staying in the agreement.

Senior US administration officials said on Friday that President Trump will waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time and demand a follow-on agreement with European partners as well as an amendment to US law linked to the Iran nuclear deal.

Despite the Iran nuclear deal, the USA has kept on slapping separate sanctions on Iran, accusing the country of having a ballistic missiles program as well as human rights abuses.

Congress is split on the issue - hardline Republicans are urging the President to reimpose suspended sanctions and bring an end to the deal, while some liberal Democrats want to make it hard for Trump to withdraw from the deal without congressional consent.

Iran argues that continued USA sanctions on non-nuclear areas such as human rights and missile testing have effectively barred it from gaining numerous financial benefits expected from the deal.

"Waiving the sanctions on the ayatollah while protesters are dying in the streets would be a serious mistake", Cruz told The Weekly Standard.

A decision to withhold a waiver would have effectively ended the deal that limits Iran's nuclear program. The announcement was made alongside sanctions being made against 14 Iranian individuals and countries.

After Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif clarified that the nuclear deal will not be renegotiated, a senior Iranian Parliament official declared that Tehran will not back away from its ballistic missile development program.

He said the new deal should curb Iran's missile programme and include permanent restrictions on Iran's nuclear plants, removing expiration dates due to kick in after a decade. "If other nations fail to act during this time, I will terminate our deal with Iran". Bhala can discuss why the president's position is wrong as well as the requirements of the deal for the U.S., Iran and worldwide allies.

That possibility is likely to be a big deal if the world tries to call Trump's bluff on the four month ultimatum, as he's always been inclined to kill the deal, but would look foolish if he tried to kill the deal only to have it continue without United States involvement, effectively removing the U.S. from the nations involved in enforcement of the terms.

While Trump approved a sanctions waiver, the Treasury Department made a decision to impose new, targeted sanctions against 14 Iranian entities and individuals. The president also gave European allies 120 days to rework the deal or said the United States would withdraw. Those mainly targeted Iranian defense officials, as well as a China-based network the United States says is supporting Iran's missile program.

While Trump will continue that suspension, he is preparing to impose penalties on Iranian entities for other behavior the USA finds objectionable, such as missile testing and alleged human rights violations.

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