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Iran will not bend to President Donald Trump's demands to change the landmark nuclear deal it reached with the United States in 2015, the country's foreign ministry announced in a statement to state media Saturday.

US officials said on Friday they want to see an agreement that reimposes sanctions on Iran if it doesn't adhere to new inspections standards or begins advancing its nuclear program after certain restrictions in the original nuclear deal expire.

Trump says the deal has flaws.

With the announcement Friday, Trump also said the Treasury Department is sanctioning 14 more Iranian individuals and entities.

"And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately", Trump said in a statement. JCPOA is not renegotiable: "rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran". A decision to withhold a waiver would have effectively ended the deal that limits Iran's nuclear program.

U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to once again waive sanctions on Iran, allowing the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic to survive, for now.

Trump has argued behind the scenes that the nuclear deal makes the United States look weak, a senior US official said. Broadly, the sanctions are intended to target Iran's "destabilizing behavior". He's the head of Iran's judiciary and the brother of Ali Larijani, who's the speaker of Parliament.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly preview the decision.

The prospect of a U.S. withdrawal from the deal "will deliver a very serious blow to the whole system of international agreements and to the enhancing of the nuclear non-proliferation regime", the top Russian diplomat added.

He also called on Iran to stay calm and continue to fulfil obligations under the deal. The White House wants to negotiate instead with its European colleagues on imposing multilateral sanctions should Iran violate terms produced from those proposed transatlantic talks. 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.

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

The JCPOA "gave Iran far too much in exchange for far too little".

"This could be one of Washington's major foreign political mistakes, one of the major miscalculations of America's policy", Ryabkov said.

Trump has long been a critic of the Iran Deal, which was struck by then-President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in 2015.

French President Emmanuel Macron phoned Mr Trump on Thursday to call for "the strict application of the deal and the importance of all the signatories to respect it".

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