The White House said Friday that President Trump will again waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the landmark Obama-era nuclear deal, or the “worst deal ever negotiated,” according to Trump.
However, the Trump administration is imposing new, nonnuclear sanctions in response to Iran’s ballistic missile activity and its crackdown on anti-government demonstrations, while also warning that this will be the last such waiver before a follow-on deal with Europeans and a legislative fix from Congress.
“The president will also make clear that this is the last such waiver he will issue,” an administration official said. “He intends to work with our European partners on some kind of follow-on agreement that enshrines certain triggers that the Iranian regime cannot exceed related to ballistic missiles, related to nuclear breakout period … to inspection and that would have no sunset clause.
“If the president can get that agreement that meets his objectives and that never expires, that as he said in his October Iran strategy speech that denies Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon, but forever, not for 10 years or any other shorter period of time, he would be open to remaining in such a modified deal.”
The Hill added:
The Obama-era deal between Iran and the United States, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and Germany provided Tehran billions in sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
Trump and other critics say the deal is flawed because several provisions sunset and it does not address Iran’s other destabilizing activities, including its ballistic missile program and support for terrorists and proxies such as Hezbollah in Lebanon.
But even many who objected to the agreement in 2015 say it’s not in the U.S. interest to withdraw now. Doing so, they say, would put the country at odds with its European allies and show that the United States reneges on its commitments.
On Thursday, Britain, France and Germany reaffirmed their support for the current deal.
“We want to protect the [deal] against every possible undermining decision whatever that may come,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said alongside his French and British counterparts and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. “It would send a very dangerous signal to the rest of the world if the only agreement that prevents the proliferation of nuclear weapons was negatively affected.”