Iran says it won't accept Trump's demands to change nuclear deal

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Trump also wants Congress to impose new strictures on dealing with Iran, including a law that would explicitly tie Iran's missile programs to its nuclear program.

President Donald Trump has delivered an ultimatum to America's European allies to fix the "terrible flaws" in the Iran nuclear deal, or he'll pull the USA out in a few months' time.

At the same time the United States imposed fresh sanctions on 14 individuals and entities over alleged rights abuses. He is also demanding a permanent end to Iran's enrichment of fissile material at a grade sufficient for weapons use.

More than $3.7 billion worth of Iranian assets, blocked because of Iran's human rights record, support for terrorism and missile technology, remain frozen, according to the Congressional Research Service report.

In August, US President Donald Trump signed into law a new package of sanctions drafted by US lawmakers.

Trump has always been critical about the pact inked between the six world powers, namely China, Russia, Britain, France, the United States and Germany, and Iran in 2015, in which the West promises to relieve sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a halt in Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

"JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, USA must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran", Zarif wrote of the nuclear deal. The administration accuses Larijani of being responsible for the violent crackdown on dissidents in Iran during recent protests. "JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance-just like Iran", Zarif added, using the technical name for the 2015 nuclear deal.

"Here at the United Nations, we look forward to gaining new worldwide cooperation to strengthen actions against Iranian missile activity, enforce arms embargoes that Iran violates, crack down on Iranian sponsorship of terrorism, and continue to shine a light on Iranian human rights violations", Haley said in a statement.

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"President Obama failed to act as the Iranian people took to the streets in 2009".

"Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal", Trump said in a statement.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called Trump's decision an attempt to "undermine" the deal. These areas fall outside the scope of the nuclear deal.

In return, decades of global and United States nuclear-related sanctions were suspended.

The meeting in Brussels was choreographed to send a message to Washington before Trump is due to decide whether to re-impose oil sanctions lifted under the deal.

"The Trump administration's policy announced today sets impossible standards that would ultimately isolate the United States rather than isolating the regime in Tehran", he said. Iran says its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes and that it will stick to the accord as long as the other signatories respect it, but will "shred" the deal if Washington pulls out. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately, Trump warned, adding that no one should doubt his words.

Officials said the administration will discuss the changes it is seeking with Europeans but will not talk directly with Iran. Those points would have to be blessed by Congress and woven into a supplemental deal forged with the US' European allies.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov called Trump's remarks "extremely negative", RIA state news agency reported.

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