Iran will commit to nothing beyond nuclear deal: Foreign Ministry

Iran will commit to nothing beyond nuclear deal: Foreign Ministry

"In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal", Trump said on Friday.

Iran, which has always maintained that its nuclear program is peaceful, signed the deal with the United States, U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany in 2015, allowing for repeated inspections of its nuclear facility in exchange for sanctions relief. Trump, however, has stated that this will be the "last time" he waives those sanctions, unless the United States and its European allies can find a way to remove "loopholes" in the nuclear deal within the next four months.

Describing sanctions against Larijani as "hostile action", the foreign ministry said the move "crossed all the red lines of conduct in the global community".

A senior administration official said Trump wants the 2015 Iran deal strengthened with a follow-on agreement in 120 days or the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the global pact.

Although Trump approved the waivers on Friday, he has railed against the deal since his presidential campaign, particularly against what he calls "sunset clauses" that allow Tehran to gradually resume wider nuclear activities in the next decade.

Mr Trump is also waiving other United States penalties covered by the agreement, including on Iran's oil and gas sectors, which were up for renewal next week.

But it is by no means clear if Congress can come up with a solution to revisit the deal within 120 days, in which case the USA may withdraw from the landmark deal.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded, saying that the deal is not renegotiable and that Trump's stance amounts to "desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement".

Trump's announcement on sanctions came one day before a deadline expired for the administration to make a decision on the issue.

The 2015 agreement was signed by Barack Obama, Mr Trump's predecessor, and saw economic sanctions waived in return for Iran not developing nuclear weapons.

In October, Trump said that he would not certify the deal, a dramatic but largely ceremonial gesture that he is expected to repeat this week.

This is in addition to the five entities in Iran sanctioned last week and previous sanctions targeting Iran's ballistic missile program.

Washington's apparent plan to wreck the deal was also chastised by Moscow, which warned that the United States is on course for a major foreign policy blow if Trump follows through on his pledge, calling the spate of United States sanctions "chaos and madness".

"While Britain may move to support the USA on this, Germany and France are likely to be strongly opposed", he said. There are about 400 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors in Iran, and they indicate Iran is complying with the deal.

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