New US Sanctions Attempt to Influence Russia Before Election — Tass

Domingo, 14 Ene, 2018

Trump at that time essentially handed lawmakers the ball, saying it is up to Congress to decide whether to keep the status quo, slap the waived sanctions back on Tehran and blow up the 2015 deal - or set up what White House aides describe as "trigger points" that likely would put the nuclear pact in jeopardy.

However Mr Trump said this is the last time he will waive such sanctions and challenged European allies to agree a series of new requirements on Iran.

Trump also wants Congress to impose new strictures on dealing with Iran, including a law that would explicitly tie Iran's missile programs to its nuclear program.

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.

China will continue playing a constructive role in maintaining and implementing the Iran nuclear deal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday.

"Rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran", Mr Zarif tweeted immediately after Mr Trump's speech.

Report says in the final agreement, the West promises to relieve sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a halt in Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

The new terms Trump seeks with the European countries appear similar to actions he asked Congress to take three months ago but that Congress has not acted on.

While Trump has repeatedly railed that the deal was "one of the worst" that the U.S. had signed, the European Union's foreign policy chief has publicly disagreed in the past.

The US Treasury said Larijani, the brother of Iran's parliamentary speaker and former nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, is to blame for the torture and degrading treatment of prisoners. He is also demanding a permanent end to Iran's enrichment of fissile material at a grade sufficient for weapons use.

"This is a last chance", Trump said, pushing for a separate agreement.

Two senior Trump administration officials told Reuters on Wednesday that the president, a Republican, had privately expressed reluctance to heed the advice of top advisers recommending he not reimpose the suspended sanctions.

The regime in Iran has slammed the decision by the US president Donald trump of targeting their judiciary chief with sanctions. Now he seeks to pressure EU countries to do it instead. And they say he's not going to talk to Iran about this, only to the Europeans who were involved in making this deal.

Wang, who was on an official visit to Rwanda, held a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The legislation is required to include certain "triggers" which will automatically lead to a reimposition of the sanctions if Iran fails to apply.

Iran received more than $100 billion in sanctions relief from the nuclear deal. The president also gave European allies 120 days to rework the deal or said the United States would withdraw.

US Secretary Rex Tillerson, Defence Secretary James Mattis and others have discussed the waiver with US President Donald Trump, Goldstein said.