Iran said Saturday it won't accept President Donald Trump's request to change its 2015 nuclear deal after the president threatened to pull out of the accord unless allies agreed to "fix the deal's disastrous flaws".
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.
The president called for European allies to strike a deal fixing the terms of the global agreement, which unfroze key Iranian financial assets in exchange for a reduction in its nuclear programs.
President Trump spent a lot of time on the campaign trail and his first year in office railing against the Iran deal that the US and several European countries signed with the Middle East nation in 2015. "This is the last chance".More news: Ford Ranger debuts at Detroit auto show
Trump said this is the last chance, and in the absence of an agreement, the U.S. would not remain a party to the deal.
Trump also announced new sanctions, including against the chief of Iran's hard-line dominated judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli-Larijani, for his involvement in punishing protesters who participated in anti-government rallies this month.
In turn, Iran would be allowed to lift all nuclear-related economical sanctions, freeing up tens of billions of dollars in oil revenue and frozen assets.
Implementation of the deal hasn't been derailed, but will face some new complicating factors, said the minister.More news: Everyone knows: Sanchez a bargain at £20m - Conte
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. Most of those sanctions including the ones imposed on Iran's judiciary chief came as a outcome of the crackdown by the government of its citizens who were protesting peacefully last week. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have been working with White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on an agreement that would keep the Iran deal intact.
Trump wants to agree with Europe on an American-European agreement to re-impose sanctions on Iran even if it takes steps to renew some aspects of its nuclear program twenty or thirty years from today.
In October, however, Mosser says, "the administration refused to recertify the deal, and so we are at that 90-day window now".More news: Coast Guard rescues 5 fishermen in Monroe County
The European countries which signed on, including the U.K., France, and Germany urged the USA to stay in on Thursday, claiming that Iran has been holding up its side of the bargain since the deal was signed.