Trump says, 'I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw'.
China on Saturday pledged to continue playing a constructive role in maintaining and implementing the Iran nuclear deal, after U.S. President Donald Trump set an ultimatum to fix "disastrous flaws" in a deal.
His ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans - key backers and parties to the 2015 worldwide agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program - to satisfy Mr Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days.
Iran "will not accept any amendments in this agreement, be it now or in the future, and it will not allow any other issues to be linked to the JCPOA", the foreign ministry said in a statement, using the 2015 deal's technical name.
"I hereby call on key European countries to join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal, countering Iranian aggression, and supporting the Iranian people", Trump said in the statement.More news: Mikaela Shiffrin Flies To Seventh Win Of Last Eight Races
He further stressed that the deal is "not renegotiable" and urged Trump to, instead of repeating exhausted rhetoric, bring the USA into full compliance of the deal, just like Iran.
"If at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately", he added.
His statement came a day after the European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, together with foreign ministers of France, the United Kingdom and Germany delivered a strong defense of the deal in separate statements, which were issued following a meeting with Zarif in Brussels.
This would not entail negotiations with Iran but would be the result of talks with European allies, the official said.
Trump will next have to deal with these decisions in mid-May.More news: Coast Guard rescues 5 fishermen in Monroe County
Under the hard-won 2015 deal with Russian Federation, the US, China, France, Britain, Germany and the EU, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for lifting of a raft of worldwide sanctions. "No one should doubt my word".
He said he would only sign it if an Iranian refusal to allow United Nations inspectors to visit sites triggered an automatic re-imposition of USA sanctions.
The decision had been expected since earlier this week. Brokered and signed by the US, UK, Russia, France, China, and Germany, the JCPOA places limitations on Iran's nuclear energy program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions on Tehran.
The deal would help uphold the worldwide non-proliferation regime, maintain regional peace and stability and solve "other hot issues" around the world, he said.More news: Daniil Medvedev fights back to beat Alex De Minaur in Sydney final