Iran abandons any change to “Nuclear deal”

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Iran abandoned any modification of its nuclear deal with world powers after US President Donald Trump demanded rough new measures to keep the agreement alive on Saturday.

The foreign ministry said in a statement, using the 2015 deal’s technical name, Iran “will not accept any amendments in this agreement, be it now or in the future, and it will not allow any other issues to be linked to the JCPOA.”

Trump again waived nuclear-related sanctions on Friday as required every few months to stay in the agreement but demanded European partners work with the United States to “fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw”.

He said the new deal should curb Iran’s missile programme and include permanent restrictions on Iran’s nuclear plants, removing expiration dates due to kick in after a decade.

But Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the 2015 deal could not be renegotiated.

Iran argues that continued US sanctions on non-nuclear areas such as human rights and missile testing have effectively barred Iran from gaining many of the financial benefits expected from the deal.

“JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance just like Iran.”

The statement from his ministry further criticized new sanctions on 14 individuals announced by the US Treasury on Friday over human rights issues and Iran’s missile programme.

 

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