Trump Faces Pivotal Decisions on Iran Sanctions

14 January, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Edward Snyder
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"But most of the general view around him, with his team, with all of his foreign policy leaders, his cabinet members, is I think hoping that he'll continue to waive sanctions and to try to support what his team has been working with us on for eight or nine months", Corker said. United States officials told CNN that the President's top national security advisers are encouraging him to renew the waivers.

"The economy in Iran is abysmal, and USA sanctions have contributed to that", he said.

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that no final ruling had yet been made.

The top Iranian diplomat said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had verified Iran's commitment to the deal on numerous occasions, but a certain party to the JCPOA had failed to fulfill its commitments under the deal, an apparent reference to the US. Lavrov and Zarif also agreed to continue bilateral contacts in connection with the situation surrounding the Iran nuclear deal. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has spoken of supplementing the nuclear deal. Still, he has so far stopped short of withdrawing the United States from the accord.

What does Mr Trump want to change?

"In the event we are not able to reach a solution, working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated".

"Iran is ready to increase the speed of its nuclear activities in various areas, especially enrichment, several times more than pre-JCPOA era", said Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran in an interview with state television, using the technical acronym for the nuclear deal.

Such measures, said Mr. Zarate, "would be consistent with the agreement's allowance for the application of non-nuclear sanctions". He ordered Congress to "fix" that law back in October.

Another source involved in the negotiations told the Free Beacon that the House's version of new legislation exposes key weaknesses with the effort spearheaded by Corker and Cardin. They all say that the reimplementation of sanctions is the right policy. State Department officials initially suggested it could come as early as Thursday, but later said it would not happen before Friday.

At a minimum, a number of congressional aides and USA officials indicated that they do expect the president to declare that the JCPOA is not in the national security interest of the United States as he did back in October. The agency's periodic reports since the accord took effect have shown that Iran is complying with its terms. In making his decision, he will be facing off against not only Tehran, but against the European Union as well.

"We know that it's absolutely necessary to have the signal that it's possible by diplomatic approaches to prevent the development of nuclear weapons, in a time when other parts of the world are discussing how to get nuclear weapons into force", said the German foreign minister, adding that it would send "a very risky signal to the rest of the world" if the only agreement that prevents the proliferation of nuclear weapons would be negatively affected.



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