US President Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions, but for last time

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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump agreed, on Friday, not to reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran, but officials warned that it would be the last time he issues such a waiver.

Instead, a senior White House official said, Trump wants Washington’s European allies to use the 60-day period before sanctions relief again comes up for renewal to agree on tougher measures.

At the same time as the renewed waiver was announced, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on 14 Iranian figures and companies, including the head of the country’s judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani.

“The president’s decision is to waive once more the nuclear sanctions that the terms of the JCPOA require the United States to waive in order to remain in the deal,” the White House official said.

“But in his statement, the president will also make clear that this is the last such waiver that he will issue.”

The official said that Trump now wants to work with America’s European allies — who all urged him to remain within the accord — to develop a new agreement to replace the Iran deal.



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