Citing his administration’s continued concerns with the weaknesses in the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, President Donald Trump indicated that he will waive nuclear sanctions on Iran for the last time unless the nations involved in the nuclear deal address the flaws in the deal, The Hill reported Friday.
The Treasury Department also targeted 14 more Iranian individuals and entities involved in human rights abuses and ballistic missile development with sanctions.
An administration official told reporters, “He intends to work with our European partners on some kind of follow-on agreement that enshrines certain triggers that the Iranian regime cannot exceed related to ballistic missiles, related to nuclear breakout period… to inspection and that would have no sunset clause.”
Currently, the deal has a sunset clause after which, even President Barack Obama acknowledged, Iran would have a breakout time for producing enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon of about zero. Trump also wants to stop Iran’s ballistic missile development, which has continued despite the United Nations Security Council resolution enacting the deal calling on Iran not to test such missiles. He is also demanding that Iran open up military sites – where its nuclear weapons research is believed to have been carried out in the past – to inspections. Iran has refused to do so.
The official also said that the president has made it clear that this is the “last such waiver” he intends to sign, putting pressure on Congress and the European Union to fix the flaws in the deal.
Rep. Peter Roskam (R – Ill.) who has authored a House bill, told the Free Beacon, “U.S.-Iran policy is facing a pivotal moment and U.S. policymakers must have a laser-like focus on our objectives to permanently prevent Iran from a nuclear weapons capability, to combat Iran’s support for terrorism and to support those Iranian people in the streets protesting for a freer, more hopeful future.” The Roskam bill is said to address the concerns laid out by the administration.
A competing Senate bill, written by Sen. Bob Corker (R – Tenn.) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D – Md.), respectively the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is deemed by critics as inadequately addressing concerns with the nuclear deal.
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