AIPAC cautiously praises Trump for stance on Iran

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AIPAC cautiously praises Trump for stance on Iran

For what he says is the last time, President Donald Trump is keeping the U.S.in the worldwide deal on Iran's nuclear program.

While approving the waiver on US sanctions related to the nuclear deal, Washington announced other sanctions against 14 Iranian entities and people, including judiciary head Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, a close ally of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"The UK has a clear position on the Iran nuclear deal: we regard it as a crucial agreement that makes the world a safer place by neutralizing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran", the British Foreign Office said.

Russian Federation says Washington would be making a grave mistake by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, adding that Moscow would work hard to keep the landmark agreement alive. "And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately".

"Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw", he said.

The decision to waive sanctions did not come easy, and required the urging of the president's top diplomatic and security advisers, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and the US's top allies, including European diplomats who flew into Washington to reiterate their view that suspending sanctions was uncalled for because Iran was complying with the deal.

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USA regulations require the president to endorse JCPOA every 90 days and extend waivers of economic sanctions against Iran every 120 days.

They all fell in line with Obama's monstrous deal, believing, despite decades of evidence to the contrary, that people like Iranian officials Hassan Rouhani and Javad Zarif were actually "moderates".

Under the 2015 agreement with six nations, Iran agreed to restrict its nuclear programme for at least 10 years in exchange for the loosening of economic sanctions that had crippled its economy.

Second, it must ensure that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon. It also said Iran would not allow the deal to be linked to other issues, following the president's suggestion the deal be tied to Iran limiting its long-range ballistic missile program.

The president wants Congress to modify a law that reviews US participation in the nuclear deal to include "trigger points" that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the official said. The next sanctions waivers are due in May.

One key ingredient to the political formula for preservation of the nuclear pact is the addition of new non-nuclear sanctions on Iran, which the Trump administration announced on Friday.

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However, when Trump was elected, Riyadh and Tel Aviv found a new strong ally in their quest to discredit the deal and lobby the US government against the Iranian government.

Under the deal, the US President must sign a waiver suspending the US sanctions on Iran every 120 days.

The calculus is trickier within the GOP, which united against the Iran deal when Obama inked it. It has said it will abide by the agreement as long as other signatories do, but warned that it would "shred" the deal should Washington pull out.

Besides eliminating the so-called sunset clauses in the nuclear deal, Trump is also demanding that Iran allow more timely inspections of sites requested by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"This could be one of Washington's big foreign policy mistakes, a big miscalculation in American policy", he said.

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