Iran vows retaliation over USA sanctions

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JCPOA (the nuclear deal) is not renegotiable: "rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, USA must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran", Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.

On Friday, Trump said he would waive nuclear sanctions against Tehran for the last time to give the United States and European allies a chance to fix the "terrible flaws" of the nuclear deal signed by the previous administration in 2015.

Tehran on Saturday said they would retaliate against the embargos imposed by the United States on Iran's judiciary head as President Donald Trump stepped up efforts to "fix" a nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran.

"This is a last chance".

Trump warned that he would scrap the agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program - an accord he has long despised - unless European countries "join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal".

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

The president revoked a 2012 presidential executive order that slapped sanctions on companies that purchased oil from Iran, conducted transactions with its national oil company or helped Iran buy previous metals and US banknotes.

People the United States sanctioned on Friday include Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani, the head of Iran's judiciary whose brother, Ali Larijani, leads Iran's parliament.

"The designations today politically go to the top of the regime and send a very strong message that the United States is not going to tolerate their continued abuses, continued violations of the rights of their citizens", an administration official said. The Treasury Department's action hits 14 Iranian officials and companies and businessmen from Iran, China and Malaysia, freezing any assets they have in the USA and banning Americans from doing business with them.

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Under the hard-won 2015 deal with Russian Federation, the US, China, France, Britain, Germany and the EU, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for lifting of a raft of worldwide sanctions.

The U.S. decision in imposing new sanctions on the Iranian individuals and entities proves the U.S. government's animosity towards the great Iranian nation.

By contrast, my Administration has engaged with key European allies in seeking to secure a new supplemental agreement that would impose new multilateral sanctions if Iran develops or tests long-range missiles, thwarts inspections, or makes progress towards a nuclear weapon requirements that should have been in the nuclear deal in the first place, he said.

In a statement published by the state-run IRNA news agency, the ministry said that Tehran would not accept any changes to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), "neither at present nor in the future", emphasizing that it will "not take any measures beyond the commitments it has made" under the agreement. One aspect of the law that Trump has particularly bristled at is having to give Iran a "thumbs up" every few months by acknowledging that it is meeting its nuclear requirements.

Second, it must ensure that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon.

"It's incumbent on those who oppose the (deal) really to come up with that better solution, because we haven't seen it so far", he said.

Though AIPAC staunchly opposed the deal during the negotiations, it has not publicly addressed Trump's threat to pull out of the accord.

"All of those steps can be taken outside of the nuclear deal, but if we cannot achieve worldwide consensus on them, then it will become even clearer that the nuclear deal is an impediment to peace", Haley said. Trump's decision was announced alongside another package of new sanctions - punishing not Iran's nuclear programme, but its alleged abuse of human rights in a crackdown on recent street protests.

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