In a tweet on Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected US President Donald Trump’s ultimatum regarding the nuclear deal, saying that the agreement will not be renegotiated. Trump warned yesterday that he has extended the deal for the last time.
Mohammad Javad Zarif Photo Credit: EPA
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has responded to US President Donald Trump’s ultimatum regarding the nuclear deal. On Friday, Trump announced that he has decided to extend the nuclear deal one last time, opting not to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran. Trump said that his decision will give Tehran and America’s European allies time to fix the deal’s “terrible flaws.”
“In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump warned. “And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately.”
“Trump’s policy & today’s announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement,” Zarif tweeted on Friday. “JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran,” he added, referring to the nuclear deal by the acronym of its official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Shortly after Trump announced his decision, the US Treasury Department slapped 14 individuals and entities responsible for “serious human rights abuses and censorship in Iran” with new sanctions. The sanctions are an apparent American response to the recent wave of protests across Iran.