Donald Trump keeps Iran nuclear deal alive by waiving economic sanctions

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Iran said Saturday that the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other key world powers "cannot be renegotiated in any way", rejecting President Trump's threat to pull out of the agreement if the other parties do not fix its "disastrous flaws".

"The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses clearly that it will take no measures beyond its commitments under the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - the deal's official name] and will accept no changes to this agreement now or in the future, and will not allow that the JCPOA be linked to any other issue [than the nuclear issue]", said Iran's Foreign Ministry.

The US Congress has a need of the president to endorse sanctions waivers concerning to the pact which is signed by Iran, the US, United Kingdom, Russia, France, Germany, China and the European Union.

Trump has said the "rogue regime" of Iran is only perpetuating terrorism around the world, and is becoming more aggressive in doing so.

Mr Trump said: "Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal".

The restrictions could hit some firms and individuals whose sanctions were previously scrapped.

The top Chinese diplomat noted that the implementation of the accord had not been "derailed" but would face "some new complicating factors".

Diplomacy Works, a pressure group set up by former secretary of state John Kerry to defend the deal, was scathing.

However, Israel's leader, a fierce critic of the deal, told Macron that changing the nuclear deal would increase the chances of it remaining in place.

"We are also targeting Iran's ballistic missile program and destabilizing activities, which it continues to prioritize over the economic well-being of the Iranian people", Mnuchin said in a statement.

The White House announced today that President Trump will waive nuclear-related sanctions against Iran.

Iran argues that continued U.S. sanctions on non-nuclear areas such as human rights and missile testing have effectively barred it from gaining many of the financial benefits expected from the deal.

Currently, the deal has a sunset clause after which, even President Barack Obama acknowledged, Iran would have a breakout time for producing enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon of about zero.

Speaking in Moscow on January 13, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow was "alarmed" by the latest U.S. steps, adding that Russia believes "the U.S. has already made its internal decision" to withdraw from the agreement with Iran. "The nuclear deal was a great achievement for their foreign policy".

Representative Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat, also criticized Trump's approach in a statement, saying that "the wrong approach is to bully countries with arbitrary and unenforceable deadlines".

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