Iran Nuclear Deal and Macron's visit to China — The Heat

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2018

Mr Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the "terrible flaws" of the 2015 nuclear deal.

The United States has sanctioned around 100 individuals and entities involved with Iran's ballistic missile program and other activities which the United States saw as "illicit", according to Trump's statement on Friday. These areas are not encompassed by the deal.

In what the French president described as an "unprecedented diplomatic gesture", he gave his Chinese host, President Xi Jinping, a horse from the French Presidential cavalry corps.

Iran vowed on Saturday that it will retaliate against US President Donald Trump's decision to slap its judiciary head with sanctions. "The Iranian people know this, which is one reason why so many have taken to the streets to express their outrage". He turned a blind eye as Iran built and tested dangerous missiles and exported terror. Specifically, Trump has called for a removal of "sunset clauses" in the deal, which allow Iran to slowly restart nuclear efforts throughout the next decade.

Nonetheless, the initial excitement that accompanied the nuclear deal has evaporated.

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a telephone call with Trump on Thursday, emphasized France's "determination to see the strict application of the deal and the importance of all the signatories to respect it", Macron's office said.

"Trump's policy (and) today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement", Zarif tweeted shortly after Trump's statement. There were images of a smiling Zarif, seated among smiling European officials, followed by a parade of statements in favor of the deal. The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency has repeatedly found Iran is complying with those obligations.

"If at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately", he added. However, the ministry did not specify when the response would come.

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Proponents of the landmark accord with the U.S. and five other world powers argue that it puts a temporary freeze on Iran's nuclear program.

"These provisions must have no expiration date". "Iran should be denied all paths to a nuclear weapon. forever".

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Iran's role in Aleppo, Syria, in front of the Iranian Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Dec. 14, 2016.

Iran insists its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes, while the United States and other countries claim it has been trying to develop nuclear weapons.

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands in Baharestan Square in Tehran in September 2017.

But Trump "is not locked into the deal", Babbin said.

"The divide between Europe and the US is widening".

He also urged Iran to continue to fulfill its commitments under the JCPOA. Malaysia-based Green Wave Telecommunications was named for providing U.S. technology to Iranian companies. The Treasury Department also designated two Iranian defense industry firms that provide key maintenance and overhaul services for the military's helicopter and aircraft. Officials, congressional aides and outside administration advisers said had the president would likely extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in amending U.S. legislation that governs Washington's participation in the deal.

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