Iran resists U.S. pressure to renegotiate nuclear deal despite Trump's "last waiver"

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Zarif slammed Trump's reluctant announcement on Iran's nuclear sanctions waiver as a "desperate attempt" to undermine the deal.

Trump said on Friday he will extend sanctions relief on Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal for the last time, threatening U.S. withdrawal from the landmark pact unless U.S. Congress and European allies can fix the alleged "disastrous flaws".

Trump has directed the Treasury Department to slap targeted sanctions on 14 Iranian individuals and entities for a range of actions, including human rights abuses during recent protests there and censorship of the Iranian people.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses clearly that it will take no measures beyond its commitments under the JCPOA and will accept no changes to this agreement now or in the future and will not allow that the JCPOA be linked to any other issue [than the nuclear issue]", the statement read.

While Trump approved a sanctions waiver, he also chose to impose new, targeted sanctions on Iran, the person said.

"We will not remain silent as the Iranian dictatorship represses the basic rights of its citizens and will hold Iran's leaders accountable for any violations", the White House said earlier this week.

Iran, despite repeatedly claiming its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes, has vowed to "shred" the deal if Washington pulls out.

Under the new sanctions, any assets that the people or entities have within US jurisdiction will be frozen and Americans will be barred from doing business with them.

Trump had privately chafed at having to once again waive sanctions on a country he sees as a rising threat in the Middle East.

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The pact is underpinned on the U.S. side by a presidential waiver of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran's central bank.

A decision to withhold a waiver would have effectively ended the deal that limits Iran's nuclear program. On October 13, 2017, the US current President Donald Trump refused to confirm Iran was implementing the nuclear deal.

Mr. Trump faced a Friday deadline to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran that the U.S had suspended as part of a 2015 nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and five other nations.

"Then we achieve a permanent bar on Iran from ever getting a nuclear weapon or a long-range ballistic missile".

Under the accord, Iran slowed its nuclear programme in exchange for an easing of global economic sanctions. Trump has repeatedly criticized the accord, while Iran has accused the USA of failing to comply with it.

Britain, France and Germany had called on Trump on Thursday to uphold the pact.

If Iran does not comply with any of these provisions, American nuclear sanctions would automatically resume.

President Donald Trump has extended waivers of nuclear sanctions against Iran.

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