Trump made a decision to extend sanction relief for Iran

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US President Donald Trump on Friday gave the Iran nuclear deal a final reprieve but warned European allies and Congress they had to work with him to "fix the bad flaws" of the pact or face US withdrawal.

Trump is also urging Congress to reform USA law so the president is no longer required to declare every 90 days whether he thinks Iran is in compliance, or to renew sanctions waivers every 120 or 180 days.

In any event, the USA is likely to impose new sanctions on Iran over human right abuses and support for foreign extremist groups rather than nuclear back-sliding.

Trump also wants Iran's ballistic missile programme to be addressed. Trump wants them to help the USA devise a new agreement created to prevent Iran from escalating nuclear activity again next decade, as permitted under the 2015 arrangement reached by President Barack Obama. Under the current deal they are set to expire in 2025.

On Friday, the White House said that Trump would waive sanctions against Iran to keep the deal alive, but it would be the "last time" unless the U.S. and Europe reach an agreement in the next 120 days to strengthen the landmark agreement.

On Friday, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on that Trump's decision undermined the multilateral agreement.

Under the accord, Iran slowed its nuclear programme in exchange for an easing of worldwide economic sanctions.

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"I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw", Trump said.

So far, Trump has continued to follow Obama's lead in regularly signing sanctions waivers so that USA economic measures against Tehran do not "snap back".

According to the White House, any new Iran deal would have to cover Iran's ballistic missiles and limit its nuclear breakout period indefinitely.

However on Friday, the USA imposed sanctions on 14 individuals and entities, including Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, the head of the judiciary, with the treasury department arguing that Larijani was responsible for ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing the commission of serious human rights abuses against Iranians. Washington has used the recent demonstrations in Iran to call into question the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic's government, going so far as to convene an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss Iran's internal issues.

Germany said it would continue to call for the deal's full implementation and would consult on a "common way forward" with the United Kingdom and France.

Britain, France and Germany had called on Trump on Thursday to uphold the pact.

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