Tehran says will retaliate against Washington sanctions on chief judge

Trump Lets The Iran Deal Live — For Another Few Months At Least

Iranian officials have stressed they will not reopen negotiations on the accord, which required Tehran to dismantle or destroy most of its nuclear infrastructure in exchange for easing of most worldwide sanctions.

China will continue playing a constructive role in maintaining and implementing the Iran nuclear deal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday.

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

America's allies see the accord as the best way to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions and a victory for multilateral diplomacy.

Trump's declaration puts great pressure on Britain, France and Germany, the European signatories to nuclear pact with Iran.

With the announcement Friday, Trump also said the Treasury Department is sanctioning 14 more Iranian individuals and entities.

Report says in the final agreement, the West promises to relieve sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a halt in Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

The other signatories to the deal - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - and the European Union, which oversaw the talks, were watching carefully. All sides agreed that it would cover only Iran's apparent efforts to develop nuclear weapons, which was in violation of United Nations resolutions, and not other issues.

The president's proposals to "fix the deal's disastrous flaws" include Iran's agreement to open all sites immediately to worldwide inspectors and an assurance from Tehran that it will never develop a nuclear weapon.

He paired Friday's concession with other, targeted sanctions on Iran for human rights abuses and ballistic missile development.

Trump stopped short for a third time of re-imposing harsh sanctions meant to push Tehran to give up its nuclear weapons research.

Those hit by the sanctions include: Iranian judiciary chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani; the Rajaee Shahr Prison and its director, Gholamreza Ziaei; the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Electronic Warfare and Cyber Defense Organization; Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace and National Cyberspace Center; Malaysia-based Green Wave Telecommunication and its Iranian director Morteza Razavi; and the Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company and Iran Aircraft Industries. He said remaining in the pact will give Congress more time to come up with bipartisan legislation regarding Iran.

He did not set a deadline, but under USA law the president is required to waive sanctions every four months.

"Iran strongly announces that it will make no measure beyond its JCPOA commitments and will make no changes in the nuclear deal neither now nor in the future", the statement read.

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