President Trump Has Extended Iran's Sanctions Relief 'For The Last Time'

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Tehran has accused Washington of having "crossed all behavioral red lines of the global community", by targeting judiciary chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the Islamic republic will never succumb to pressure of the United States to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal.

"This is a last chance", Trump said in a statement, EFE reported.

According to Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, Trump is not necessarily backing away from his campaign promise to abandon the deal, but is instead attempting to kill it in an indirect way.

"They should join us in constraining Iran's missile development and stopping its proliferation of missiles, especially to Yemen", he said.

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French Ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud also expressed support for the nuclear deal.

Iran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.

The White House said on Friday that Trump will waive the sanctions against Iran for the "last time", unless an agreement can be reached between the USA and Europe within the next 120 days that would strengthen the nuclear deal.

But Trump, who must meet regular deadlines to endorse the deal every 90 days and approve sanctions waivers every 120 and 180 days, has railed against the agreement. The administration emphasized that Trump also wants to see US legislation stating that the ballistic missile program is an inseparable part of its nuclear program, and should be treated as the same in terms of American sanctions. He wants to require more robust inspections of nuclear facilities.

"JCPOA is not renegotiable; rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, the United States must bring itself to full compliance, just like Iran", he said.

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U.S. regulations require the president to endorse JCPOA every 90 days and extend waivers of economic sanctions against Iran every 120 days.

"We have a very negative stance on yesterday's decisions and statements announced by Washington, our worst expectations are coming true", Ryabkov said commenting on Trump's words, saying that the United States thus demonstrate their preference for the use of power to solve issues. At that time, Trump had said the deal would be "terminated" if an agreement wasn't reached.

Trump will next have to deal with these decisions in mid-May.

President Donald Trump gestures as he talks to the media on South Lawn of the White House in Washington before his departure to Camp David last month. It prevents Iran from developing nuclear weapons while offering sanctions relief to allow the Islamic Republic to participate in global commerce and banking. There are about 400 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors in Iran, and they indicate Iran is complying with the deal.

"Iran strongly announces that it will make no measure beyond its Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) commitments and will make no changes in the nuclear deal neither now nor in the future", the statement said.

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