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This is final chance on nuclear deal, Trump warns Iran

14 January 2018

"In the absence of such an agreement, the U.S. will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal." he said.

A senior American official said that one of the main issues Trump wants to see addressed is the "sunset clause" of the nuclear deal, which ends some of the restrictions put on Iran's nuclear program within ten or fifteen years of its signing date.

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.

China hopes the landmark agreement, which curbed Iran's nuclear enrichment program in exchange for sanctions relief, will be "universally supported" and the global community will "fully recognize the efforts made by Iran to implement it".

But "Trump was forced once again to extend Iran's nuclear sanctions waiver despite all the boasts", he added.

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The Germany foreign office tweeted that it, too, is taking time to coordinate with its European partners on how to respond, but remains committed to the Iran nuclear deal.

Officials, congressional aides and outside administration advisers had said the president would probably extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in the United States legislation.

"Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal", he said in a statement.

Iran described the White House's announcement as a desperate attempt to "undermine a solid multilateral agreement".

"In absence of such an agreement [between the U.S. and European powers], the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal".

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For weeks, world leaders have speculated whether Trump, who on the campaign trail called the Iran agreement "the worst deal ever", would carry through and pull out of the worldwide agreement.

The nuclear deal, formally known as the JCPOA, has eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran halting uranium enrichment. The deal, negotiated by the Obama administration is centered exclusively on the Iranian's nuclear weapons program.

The Trump administration also slapped new sanctions on Iran, reportedly for human-rights abuses by the Iranian regime during the civil protests of the last few weeks, and for weapons proliferation across the Middle East.

Iran's Foreign Ministry, sending a strong message to the USA, has named those, whom they consider to be behind the attempt to undermine the deal, which took years and great diplomatic efforts to reach.

The remark comes on the heels of Trump's decision on Friday to sign a waiver on Iranian sanctions, suspending punitive measures for another 120 days and keeping the Iran nuclear deal alive. In November, the body again said Iran was in compliance.

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This is final chance on nuclear deal, Trump warns Iran