Senior European officials have said in recent days they are hopeful President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the deal, will sign the sanctions waivers but they aren't certain what the decision will be. After a meeting of European diplomats in Brussels on Thursday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian made a direct appeal to the United States to sign the latest waiver, due Friday.
In October, he refused to recertify for Congress that Iran was complying, accusing it of "not living up to the spirit" of the agreement.
The president wants Congress to modify a law that reviews USA participation in the nuclear deal to include "trigger points" that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the official said.
Trump yesterday gave an ultimatum to "either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".
"We continue to look at them".
One of the criticisms levelled at the nuclear deal is that it does nothing to address Iran's continuing ballistic missile program and involvement in conflicts such as Yemen and Syria.
"These provisions must have no expiration date".
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Trump disputed the reports in a tweet Friday morning , although he did not directly deny using the word. This came after two senators presented details of a bipartisan immigration deal which Trump rejected.
Simon Gass, who was the lead United Kingdom negotiator in the deal, said the preservation of the JCPOA was critical for stability in the Middle East and therefore for European security.
MARTIN: The deadline for reimposing these sanctions on Iran is tomorrow.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told reporters yesterday that he's "expecting new sanctions on Iran" sometime today, but didn't get any more specific than that.
"The team will initiate prosecutions that will restrict the flow of money to foreign terrorist organizations as well as disrupt violent worldwide drug trafficking operations", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
Washington policy hawks hailed Trump's decision, which they said would concentrate minds in Europe, where leaders have urged the USA president not to sabotage a deal they see as a landmark diplomatic success.
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Speaking ahead of an expected announcement from the Trump administration this week on whether it will keep sanctions on Iran suspended in line with the 2015 deal, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Thursday appealed to US allies to "scrupulously abide by" its commitments.
"Is he bluffing? I don't think so", Dubowitz tweeted. "Busy four months ahead". Letting the waivers lapse would have violated the 2015 agreement that Iran reached with world powers in exchange for curbing its nuclear program. He called the agreement a "considerable diplomatic accomplishment".
"Trump's declaration puts great pressure on Britain, France and Germany, the European signatories to nuclear pact with Iran".
"This could be one of Washington's big foreign policy mistakes, a big miscalculation in American policy", he said.
Germany has said it will continue to call for the deal's full implementation and would consult on a "common way forward" with the United Kingdom and France. Among the protesters' grievances were complaints that the nuclear accord has failed to quickly boost the Iranian economy as promised by its key backers, including Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. In his view, Iran benefited because the lengthy negotiations to block Tehran's path to a bomb did not include the nation's development of ballistic missiles, support for militant groups and human rights abuses. Those moves are meant to increase pressure without abrogating the nuclear accord that Iran reached with the US and five other world powers, according to two administration officials familiar with the matter. But the European diplomats appear to have allies in Trump's own camp.
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone with Trump on Thursday, reminding him of France's determination to strictly abide by the treaty and the importance that all parties adhere to it.
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