The senior official said that Trump seeks a multilateral deal not negotiated with Iran at the table, but with European nations willing to set "triggers" for additional sanctions on Tehran upon the sunset of critical provisions of the 2015 accord.
Responding to Trump's harsh stance, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that it was "desperate attempts" to undermine an accord which Iran said was "not renegotiable".More news: NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) May Be in Trouble as Bernstein Downgrades Shares
The pact is underpinned on the USA side by a presidential waiver of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran's central bank.
Trump was reportedly encouraged to waive the sanctions by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security advisor H.R. McMaster, who warned the President that it would look like he was breaking the US commitments of the deal. Reimposing sanctions would mean violating the Iran nuclear deal on the USA side.
Trump, who has sharply criticized the deal reached in Barack Obama's presidency, had chafed at having to once again waive sanctions on a country he sees as a threat in the Middle East. The 45th USA president on Friday again gave a reprieve to the 44th's pact despite his longheld stance that it is "the worst deal ever".More news: Balochistan assembly elects Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo as Chief Minister
But I think they were able to get him to sort of grudgingly agree, provided, as he said today, this is the last time he's willing to do it. However, when Trump was elected, Riyadh and Tel Aviv found a new strong ally in their quest to discredit the deal and lobby the us government against the Iranian government.
According to the Treasury statement, many Iranians who recently protested against their government are imprisoned at Rajaee Shahr, a facility where prisoners participating in hunger strikes are denied medical care and where there are reported incidents of sexual abuse and unlawful executions, stated the Bloomberg report.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker has been working on amending a USA law to include "trigger points" that if crossed by Iran would automatically bring back U.S. sanctions.More news: Trump Doesn't Want Immigrants From 'Shithole' Countries
The chief diplomat added, "Rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran".