ID : N-1037 Date : 2018/01/12 - 23:29
(Persia Digest) – US President, Donald Trump, has waived sanctions against Iran. The waiver must be issued every 120 days. But he warned that this may the last time, unless talks begin about Iran’s missile program and the uranium enrichment which has been limited for ten years under the deal becomes permanent.
According to the 2015 JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement with the five great world powers, the US President must certify Iran’s commitment to the deal every 90 days and announce it to Congress. The agreement has brought Iran sanctions relief, the waiver for which must be issued every 120 days.
Trump refused to certify the agreement last October despite regular checks by the IAEA repeatedly announcing that Iran had honored its commitments to the JCPOA. He sent the agreement back to Congress and demanded to amend this multilateral agreement. Congress did not act on this over the three-month deadline and threw the ball back in Trump’s court.
In the last days of the deadline for the waiver, to which Trump agreed again and kept the US in the deal. Nevertheless, a WH official told reporters that Trump wants tougher terms to be added to the JCPOA, allowing the US to re-impose sanctions in case of non-compliance by Iran.
Earlier, in an interview with Persia Digest, previous CIA official Paul Pillar said that the US was unable to amend the multilateral agreement unilaterally.
As the waiver was issued today, the US announced that it was sanctioning Sadegh Larijani, Head of Iran’s Judiciary. Other names on the list of sanctions include Gholamreza Zia’ei, warden of Rajaei Shahr prison, and Morteza Razavi, Former Deputy Commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps. The Supreme Council of Cyberspace and the National Cyberspace Center of Iran are also on the list.
The White House also issued a statement that the US President was keen to work with his European allies to resolve the deficiencies in the JCPOA. He warned that this was the last time he was certifying the deal which he said must be amended during this time. Otherwise, the US would leave the JCPOA.