Iran deal survives, Trump to waive sanctions

Russia US likely to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal

Iran "will not accept any amendments in this agreement, be it now or in the future, and it will not allow any other issues to be linked to the JCPOA", the foreign ministry said in a statement, using the 2015 deal's technical name.

In the wake of anti-government protests in Iran, the Trump administration is also imposing targeted sanctions against several government officials for human rights abuses.

Trump is also waiving other USA penalties covered by the agreement, including on Iran's oil and gas sectors, which were up for renewal next week.

The action is the third time Mr Trump has given a reprieve to the agreement brokered by the Obama administration, despite having called it "one of the worst" agreements the U.S. has ever entered into.

The new sanctions come on top of previous designations announced back in May and October.

The nuclear pact was earlier struck in 2015 between Tehran and the six major powers to lift nuclear-related sanctions on the Islamic Republic in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear activities, paving the way for global business deals.

Following Trump's statement, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Friday that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was not "renegotiable".

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he will extend sanctions relief on Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal for the last time, threatening a US withdrawal from the landmark pact unless US Congress and European allies can fix the alleged "disastrous flaws".

"The American administration has failed to undermine the nuclear deal ..."

This would not entail negotiations with Iran but would be the result of talks with European allies, the official said.

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Earlier on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov stated regarding the deal that, "You know the position of the Russian side: we adhere to and are committed to the idea of the need to preserve this agreement on the Iranian nuclear dossier..."

United Nations inspectors have certified Iran's compliance with the deal nine times, most recently in November.

In conjunction with the waivers, the Treasury Department placed sanctions on 14 people and entities for alleged offenses unrelated to Iran's nuclear industry.

Zarif took to Twitter after the Brussels meeting to warn that "Iran's continued compliance (is) conditioned on full compliance by the U.S.".

Trump has reportedly complained behind the scenes that the deal makes the U.S. look weak.

Mr Trump also wants Iran's ballistic missile programme to be addressed.

Europeans say these issues should be kept separate from discussion of the deal, but in a nod to USA concerns, Mogherini stressed they were raised with Zarif on Thursday.

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump's policy "sets impossible standards that would ultimately isolate the United States rather than isolating the regime in Tehran".

The sanctions with the most political repercussions are against the administrative head of Iran's judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani.

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