China says Iran nuclear deal not derailed, pledges constructive role

China says Iran nuclear deal not derailed, pledges constructive role

Addressing the First Conference of Asian Cultural Dialogueue in Tehran on Saturday, Zarif lashed out at US President Donald Trump's recent racist slur against countries, saying that such an approach hindered inclusive dialogue among nations.

One of the more curious arguments made by supporters of the deal is that Iran will not race to build nuclear weapons once the JCPOA restrictions expire in a few years because Iran is a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

During his presidential election campaign, and in the year since he took office, Trump repeatedly castigated the nuclear agreement as "a very bad deal", and threatened to scrap it.

President Donald Trump gave the Iran nuclear deal a final reprieve on Friday but warned European allies and Congress they had to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the pact or face a US exit. The nuclear accord doesn't directly bar missile testing.

"In 2015, the Obama administration foolishly traded away strong multilateral sanctions to get its weak nuclear deal", the President said.

Officials said the administration will discuss the changes it is seeking with Europeans but will not talk directly with Iran.

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, tweeted Friday that the United States "must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran", in reference to the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran and world powers, including Russian Federation. "JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, U.S. must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran", Zarif tweeted immediately after Trump's speech.

Trump said he wants to amend USA law to make Iran's long-range missile program inseparable from its nuclear program. "We are targeting the Iranian regime, including the head of Iran's judiciary, for its appalling mistreatment of its citizens, including those imprisoned exclusively for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and for censoring its own people as they stand up in protest against their government".

The Trump administration asked Congress then to come up with and pass a companion agreement that addresses those issues.

"This is the last chance".

Under its terms, economic sanctions against Iran were to be lifted in exchange for Tehran halting uranium enrichment.

A decision to withhold a waiver would have effectively ended the deal that limits Iran's nuclear program.

The prospect of a USA withdrawal from the Iran deal "will deliver a very serious blow to the whole system of global agreements and to the enhancing of the nuclear nonproliferation regime", he added.

Still, Trump left some room to maneuver in his statement.

"A USA move to violate or withdraw from the nuclear deal undermines the trans-Atlantic relationship and our alliances of first resort, which are vital across a broad range of policies - from bedrock economic issues to confronting terrorism", the group said.

The deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was reached in 2015 among Iran, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States) plus Germany and the European Union. We heard similar ultimatums back in October and nothing happened...

"We have noted the White House statement", said a spokesman for the British embassy in Washington.

Sen. Benjamin Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called Trump's statement an "ultimatum" and said the president is "making negotiations with Europe more hard by the way he's laying out the conditions".

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