But he says this waiver will be the last and is meant to secure an agreement from European allies to fix what he says are flaws in the pact.
"The Trump regime's hostile action (against Larijani). crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic", the Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately. Officials, congressional aides and outside administration advisers said the president would likely extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in amending U.S. legislation that governs Washington's participation in the accord.
According to the senior administration official, Trump's decision is to waive once more the nuclear sanctions that the terms of the JCPOA require the US to waive in order to remain in the deal.
Trump says the deal has flaws.
"We want to protect the (deal) against every possible undermining decision whatever that may come", German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said alongside his French and British counterparts and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. He also wants Tehran's ballistic missile program to be addressed. Work already has begun on this front, the official said.
Most prominent among the 14 individuals and entities named in the new sanctions was Sadegh Amoli Larijani, who heads Iran's judiciary and who is brother to the speaker of the Iranian parliament. But Shadi Hamid disputed this in an article in The Atlantic by noting that Middle Eastern adversaries of the US will blame domestic unrest on the West no matter what American leaders do. I hereby call on key European countries to join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal, countering Iranian aggression, and supporting the Iranian people.
The president decided Friday to continue waiving - that is, easing - some economic sanctions against Iran. The enormous financial windfall the Iranian regime received because of the deal access to more than USD 100 billion, including USD 1.8 billion in cash has not been used to better the lives of the Iranian people.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), an influential hawk who raised concerns last fall about a plan to tweak the nuclear deal's conditions for reinstituting sanctions, on Thursday urged Trump to flex his muscle with non-nuclear sanctions should he opt to keep giving Iran nuclear-related sanctions relief.
Trump's decision has been expected since earlier this week.
"If other nations fail to act during this time, I will terminate our deal with Iran", he said.
Zarif has said Trump's aggressive stance on the deal and Iran generally have also violated the commitment to "refrain from any policy specifically intended to directly and adversely affect the normalisation of trade and economic relations with Iran" under paragraph 29. Trump has complained that many of the Iranian restrictions expire next decade and has vacillated between talk of toughening the deal and pulling the U.S. out entirely.