Trump to approve 'significantly flawed' Iran nuclear deal for last time

Trump to approve 'significantly flawed' Iran nuclear deal for last time

President Donald Trump waived nuclear sanctions against Iran for what the White House said was the final time under the current deal.

On Thursday Iran sanctions expert Jonathan Schanzer from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies tweeted, "A US official I spoke to today believes Iranian expenditures on foreign adventures, nuclear research and missiles, coupled with losses from graft and corruption, have cost the regime $150b".

The Treasury Department also announced 14 new sanctions designations on Iran, including against entities in its aviation sector, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps cyber units and the head of Iran's judiciary.

Trump is again waiving sanctions on Iran that would jeopardize the nuclear pact between Tehran and world powers, according to senior administration officials.

The administration says Trump now intends to make a deal with European allies "fixing significant flaws in the deal" and getting tougher on Iran generally.

Trump says the deal has flaws.

Mr Trump was a fierce critic during the 2016 election campaign, calling it the "worse deal ever" and promising to scrap it if he became president. A decision to withhold a waiver would have effectively ended the deal that limits Iran's nuclear programme.

Trump has reportedly complained behind the scenes that the deal makes the US look weak.

Trump vowed to withdraw from the deal if Congress failed to meet his conditions, but Congress remained unaffected by his threats, which in turn forced the U.S. president to repeat his empty threats while extending sanctions relief for Iran, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, who is currently a researcher at Princeton University, told ILNA on Saturday.

Retired US military officers, members of the US Congress and former US ambassadors were among 52 US national security experts who signed a letter released on Monday urging Trump not to jeopardize the deal with Iran. The plea by the European ministers came a day before President Trump has to decide whether to sign a series of waivers to keep the suspension of sanctions intact.

Under the 2015 agreement with six nations, Iran agreed to restrict its nuclear programme for at least 10 years in exchange for the loosening of economic sanctions that had crippled its economy.

The Republican said in a statement: "This is a last chance".

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.

On Thursday, European foreign ministers met in Brussels with Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, seemingly to press Tehran about its destabilising activities in the Middle East.

"While Britain may move to support the U.S. on this, Germany and France are likely to be strongly opposed", he said.

In Parsi's view, this could prompt Iran to pull out of the deal first.

Said, "Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the nuclear deal".

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