Washington grants last Iran’s JCPOA waiver

January 15, The Iran Project – White House has announced that the US President Donald Trump has agreed not to reimpose nuclear sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran, but said it would be the last time he issues such a waiver.

Trump said Friday (Jan. 12) that he wanted America’s European allies to use the 120-day period before sanctions relief again comes up for renewal to agree to tougher measures and new conditions, otherwise, he noted, Washington would pull out of the deal.

“Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies’ agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal. This is a last chance,” Trump said in a statement.

The agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was reached between Iran and six world powers -the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany -in July, 2015.

Meanwhile, Trump was urged by some top advisers not to bring back US economic sanctions on Iran.

Two senior administration official told Reuters that Trump’s top advisers were recommending that he not reimpose sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the agreement between Iran, the United States and other world powers.

Victory of Law

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mocked Trump for failing to kill off the Iran nuclear deal despite the US leader’s 2016 election promise to do so.

“It’s been one year since Trump has been trying to kill JCPOA and hasn’t been successful. This means victory of law over dictatorship,” Rouhani said Sunday, slamming the US for what he said were its attempts at “self-aggrandizing.”

“I am very happy to see that the White House has failed to disrupt international obligations, break loyalty and stand against the resolution of the United Nations Security Council which was the outcome of an agreement among seven countries,” he said.

Desperate Attempts

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said Trump’s declaration and policies “desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement.”

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

In the last year’s diplomatic war Iran could unprecedentedly separate the US from its European allies and push the US to isolation, said Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi.

He noted that the European Union and its members have had a clear stance toward the deal saying that the deal was an international one, and is not renegotiable, and should be kept.

Chairman for Foreign Policy and National Security of Iranian parliament Alaeddin Boroujerdi called Trump’s recent remarks on the fate of the JCPOA ‘vulgarities’, adding that the United States will be the main loser of breaching JCPOA.

Boroujerdi ridiculed Trump’s request for removing or adding some provisions in the deal, adding “in spite of all the threats and political rhetoric, the US officials could not withdraw from the deal and had to extend sanctions waivers.”

Boroujerdi condemned the new US sanctions against 14 Iranian persons and entities, calling them ‘in violation of the JCPOA.’

Ditching JCPOA

The European signatories of the Iran nuclear deal have warned Donald Trump from ditching the accord, arguing that it is essential to maintain international security and is achieving its goals.

At a meeting in Brussels on Thursday (Dec. 11) Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign affairs chief, said the bloc – as well as Britain, Germany, and France who signed the deal independently – were united in wanting to “ensure full and continued implementation” of the programme.

“That is very, very important for us. But it is also clearly important to build worldwide support for this deal that Iran should be able to show, as my colleagues have said, that it is a good neighbor in the region,” Mogherini said.

Meanwhile, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described the JCPOA as a “considerable diplomatic accomplishment”.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov rejected recent remarks by Trump on the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Moscow considers comments by Trump on the nuclear deal with Iran as “extremely negative”, Ryabkov said in remarks carried by RIA state news agency.