Trump would make 'big mistake' by leaving Iran deal: Moscow

Trump on Iran Deal

Trump speaks about the Iran nuclear deal in Washington DC

On Friday, Trump said he would waive nuclear sanctions against Tehran for the last time to give the U.S. and European allies a chance to fix the "terrible flaws" of the nuclear deal signed by the previous administration in 2015.

Zarif tweeted that Trump's policy and his announcement on Friday amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement.

"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not renegotiable: rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, the USA must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran". However, it is worthy of note that all these areas that Iranians are complaining about are outside the scope of the nuclear deal.

Trump's action, which was widely expected, is the third time he has given a reprieve to the agreement brokered by former president Barack Obama, despite having labeled it "the worst deal ever" and threatening repeatedly to rip it up.

In particular, Trump's desired accord would not begin to expire after 10 years as parts of the existing deal do.

The US sanctions also targeted two other Iranian officials whom the administration said are responsible for ordering abuses against citizens, including the denial of medical care and access to legal representation for protesters in Iranian jails.

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The Iranian foreign ministry has said it would not accept "any changes, now or in the future". He said that he wanted to give the United States and European allies a final chance to amend the pact.

"The deal is a long-lasting victory for Iran", Rohani said, referring to the accord Tehran signed in 2015 with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China.

It also said Iran would not allow the deal to be linked to other issues, after Trump suggested that the sanctions relief under the deal be tied to Iran limiting its long-range ballistic missile program.

Also blacklisted were Iran's cyberspace agency, which administration officials said restricts its citizens' access to the internet; Iranian defense industry firms that fix and maintain helicopters and aircraft; a Malaysia-based company that allegedly supports Iranian naval missile production; and a Chinese businessman who allegedly supplied financing and equipment to Iran's electronics industry.

The changes Trump has demanded include immediate inspections at all sites requested by the International Atomic Energy Agency; ensuring that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon; automatic resumption of USA sanctions if Iran does not comply and Iran's development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions.

On Saturday, Iran warned that it plans to retaliate against US President Donald Trump's decision to slap its judiciary head with sanctions.

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The sanctioning of Larijani, the most prominent of the USA targets, could have "serious political impact inside Iran", a senior Trump administration official predicted Friday.

The pact is underpinned on the USA side by a presidential waiver of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran's central bank. But the Europeans, who consider the deal a great success contributing to their security, have said that Iran's non-nuclear behavior must be addressed separately.

Under the hard-won 2015 deal with Russian Federation, the US, China, France, Britain, Germany and the EU, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for lifting of a raft of global sanctions.

Those hit by the sanctions include: Iranian judiciary chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani; the Rajaee Shahr Prison and its director, Gholamreza Ziaei; the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Electronic Warfare and Cyber Defense Organization; Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace and National Cyberspace Center; Malaysia-based Green Wave Telecommunication and its Iranian director Morteza Razavi; and the Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company and Iran Aircraft Industries.

"Naming and shaming Sadegh Larijani is one small way the US can bring its human-rights policy and coercive economic strategy against Iran into greater alignment", said Behnam Ben Taleblu, Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington.

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