Iran Nuclear NewsTrump Will Not Waive Iran Sanctions in May

Trump Will Not Waive Iran Sanctions in May


Iran Focus

London, 12 Apr – On Wednesday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that a decision by US President Donald Trump not to renew sanctions relief for Iran on May 12 would not necessarily mean the United States had withdrawn from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, however, it’s not clear what Mnuchin meant by his comment. Still, it seems to signal that the White House administration does not believe that the agreement will necessarily collapse if Trump chooses not to extend US sanctions relief to Iran.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in 2015 by Iran and six major powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — agreed that Iran would limit its nuclear program in return for relief from the economic sanctions that financially cripple the country.

Trump delivered an ultimatum to Britain, France and Germany, on January 12th, demanding that they “fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal” or he will issued new “waivers” to suspend the US sanctions relief on Iran. would not be extended. It is not clear how quickly the waivers would go into effect.

Trump’s comments on January 12th are viewed by European officials as a threat to kill the deal. In an attempt to salvage the nuclear deal, they have been in negotiations with the Trump administration.

Mnuchin said at a Congressional hearing that the Trump administration was in talks with allies and would “not do anything abruptly.” He told the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, “If the president decides not to sign that (waiver), it doesn’t mean we’re necessarily pulling out of the deal. What it means is that the primary and secondary sanctions will go back in place.”

Two sources familiar with the matter said that in Washington on Wednesday, the political directors of Britain, France and Germany met with Brian Hook, the State Department’s director of policy planning, and discussed the future of the JCPOA.

While Tehran’s response to a Trump decision to refuse to renew the sanctions waivers, Iran can legally argue that the United States violated its commitments to ease sanctions even as they kept their nuclear commitment, as verified by international inspectors.

Whatever Mnuchin may say, US nuclear experts say that if Trump does not waive the sanctions in May, it effectively kills the nuclear deal.

According to European diplomats, even if US allies decide to remain in the agreement, Western companies would most likely withdraw from Iran due to the threat of US sanctions.

Latest news

Iran: Inefficient Management Resulting in Environmental and Historical Disasters

On June 7, Hossein Akbari, Deputy of Natural Environment and Biodiversity at the Department of Environmental Protection Agency of...

Iranian regime threatens Middle East with “hypersonic” missiles

The Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Tuesday unveiled a hypersonic missile. Hypersonic is a type of...

The Iranian regime lacks nuclear transparency

Iran has not acted as expected in terms of transparency regarding its nuclear program, said the head of the...

Iran has sold $1 million in ammo to Russia

The Iranian regime has sold ammunition to Russia worth more than one million dollars in the ongoing conflict in...

Forecasting a “difficult year” for Iran

The official website of the Iranian regime’s presidency was taken over by Iranian dissidents in a significant security breach...

US Sanctions IRGC’s Foreign Terrorism, Intel Unit Chief

The US government has imposed sanctions targeting the Chief of the Intelligence Unit of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps...

Must read

How the World Should Act on Iran Protests

Iran Focus London, 12 Jan - Back in 2009, when...

Blair: UK committed to diplomatic solution in standoff with Iran

Iran Focus: London, Apr. 04 – British Prime Minister...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you