European Fears Grow Over Trump's 'Fixing' of Iran Deal

European Fears Grow Over Trump's 'Fixing' of Iran Deal

European Fears Grow Over Trump's 'Fixing' of Iran Deal

The president is considered about the deal's "sunset clauses" as well as about Iran's ballistic missile program. He wanted the deal to be stricter on Iran's nuclear programme and also address non-nuclear issues, like Iran's ballistic missiles, support for terrorism, and regional aggression. "What is important for the Islamic Republic is America's policy in global affairs and their interaction with us and we will adopt our own positions". Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, authored the legislation signed into law after the Iran deal requiring the administration to certify to Congress every 90 days whether Iran was in compliance with the deal former President Barack Obama entered into in 2015.

The Iran nuclear deal gave the Islamic Republic a break from crippling sanctions if it agreed to stop pursuing nuclear weapons. Rather than sour relations with the U.K., France, Germany and other key partners by terminating an agreement that they helped negotiate, he worked with the Europeans to come up with a compromise that Trump might find tolerable.

"Now he has a secretary of state who 100% shares his views on the nature and gravity of the Iranian threat and the fatal flaws of the JCPOA", Dubowitz said in an interview, using the initialism for the deal's official name. "This country is not very dependable". United States sanctions will resume unless Trump issues fresh "waivers" to suspend them on May 12.

Trump's decision this week to replace Tillerson with Mike Pompeo as secretary of state has been widely seen as another bad omen for the agreement.

USA officials said American positions have hardened over the past several weeks, notably on Iranian ballistic missile testing and the deal's provisions that allow Iran to gradually resume advanced atomic work.

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He added: "If Trump really wants to secure a deal with Kim Jong-un or use his May summit meeting to launch negotiations on the terms and timelines for North Korean denuclearisation, it would be foolhardy to decide that same month unilaterally discard the Iran nuclear deal, which Iran is complying with and which is effectively blocking Iran's pathways to the bomb". The document proposes building on the existing restrictions imposed by the European Union against Syria. "Conversely, it has virtually guaranteed that Iran will have the freedom to build an arsenal of nuclear weapons at the end of the commitment".

Iran and the United States may hold talks on 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in the Austrian capital of Vienna, the media reported.

Reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have consistently shown Iran adhering to the deal in the two years since it took effect. The new sanctions are a bid to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

One potential lifeline for the Iran deal comes Friday in Vienna.

Some analysts believe that Pompeo may moderate some of his criticisms of the nuclear deal if he becomes secretary of state and slips into the role.

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