On Friday, President Trump waived Nuclear Sanctions on Iran, which will extend Obama’s nuclear deal.
Reports state that it will be the very last time President Trump will waive these sanctions.
President Donald Trump is once again extending the Iran nuclear deal, but Trump will “terminate” the agreement unless Congress and European allies agree to strengthen it, Trump said in a statement Friday.
“This is a last chance,” Trump said. “In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately.”
The statement appears to set a mid-May deadline for the deal’s fate. That is when Trump must again choose, as he did Friday, whether to waive economic sanctions on Tehran. They were suspended by the Obama administration in July 2015 as part of the agreement negotiated with Iran and five other nations. Under the law, the president must decide whether to continue the waivers every 120 days.
The decision is an at least temporary victory for Trump’s national security team, which has spent months trying to persuade a president who has long denounced the nuclear deal that walking away from it would be a self-inflicted foreign policy calamity for the U.S.
But supporters of the deal are nervous about its prospects. Trump’s decision “keeps the deal on life-support for now but puts it on a path toward collapse,” said Philip Gordon, a former Obama national security official who advised Obama on the negotiations.
Officials said Trump is also targeting 14 Iranian individuals and entities with new sanctions unrelated to the nuclear deal. They include Iranian military cyber units and the head of Iran’s judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, whose brother is the speaker of Iran’s parliament. Larijani was named in response to Iran’s harsh repression of nationwide protests that erupted last month, administration officials said, and show that the sanctions “go to the top of the regime” and the the U.S. “is not going to tolerate the continued violation of the rights of their citizens.”