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Iran: N. deal fails if Trump refrains from withholding sanctions

FNA- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi warned that the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers would be discarded if US President Donald Trump refuses to continue vetoing the sanctions against Iran every four months.

“Trump should decide about withholding the sanctions against Iran at the end of (the Iranian month of) Ordibehesht (mid May). The US president needs to withhold the sanctions every four months. Therefore, if Trump continues to veto the sanctions, then everything will be clear; but if he doesn’t extend the veto and the sanctions return, this would amount to tearing up the nuclear deal,” Araqchi was quoted as saying by Rapporteur of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini at a meeting with the same Commission members in Tehran on Wednesday.

Araqchi also said that at present Trump is under pressure by different countries, including Saudi Arabia, that intend to provoke him against Iran, Naqavi Hosseini Said.

“The US president may choose different scenarios and the worst scenario can be pressuring the Islamic Republic while keeping the nuclear deal,” Araqchi was quoted as saying by the Iranian legislator.

The US Senate passed a 10-year extension of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) on December 1, sending the measure to the White House for Obama to sign into law.

But former US President Barack Obama declined to sign a bill renewing existing sanctions against Iran, but allowed the legislation to become law, in an apparent effort to alleviate the Islamic Republic’s concerns that Washington is backtracking on the nuclear agreement.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, Britain, Russia, China, France as well as Germany – reached a landmark nuclear agreement in 2015, under which Tehran agreed to limit some aspects of its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.

The two sides began implementing the deal, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on January 16, 2016.