US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that he expects Trump to impose additional new sanctions on Iran, but declined to make any specific comments about the president's decision on the waiver.
Earlier, European powers urged Mr Trump to uphold that agreement, saying it was vital for worldwide security.
Two senior USA officials told Reuters on Wednesday that Trump's top advisers were recommending that he not reimpose sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the nuclear agreement. USA officials and others familiar with the administration's deliberations told AP Trump was likely to back the accord for now but that he may pair his decision with new, targeted sanctions on Iranian businesses and people. Thus, rather than killing the wavers, they are pushing to use Iranian protesters as leverage to continue creating uncertainty regarding America's commitment to the deal, thereby increasing hesitation among Iran's potential trading partners. "We've rolled them out and I think you can expect there will be more sanctions coming".
Any move by President Trump to re-impose sanctions could deal a mortal blow to further efforts to revive a groundswell of support for a return to some semblance of democracy in Iran.
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In any event, Trump's decertification announcement in October focused not on the "main goal" of forestalling Iranian nuclear activities but on broader goal that was reiterated by Mogherini on Thursday when she said the deal was "making the world safer". 'We are in the process of trying to deliver on the promise he made to fix it'. He has particularly bristled at having to give Iran a "thumbs up" every few months by acknowledging that it is meeting the requirements to invest in foreign banks, sell petroleum overseas, buy United States and European aircraft, and so forth. He says the deadline stems from a requirement that the U.S. State Department renew the deal every 90 days.
Agence France Presse reported on Monday that Iranian officials had warned the worldwide community to be prepared for American withdrawal, adding that the Islamic Republic was already prepared for "any scenario". To hear senior Western diplomats tell it, the Trump administration has not approved a single Iran-related OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) license since taking office-including for aviation giants Boeing and Airbus, which were practically written into Annex II, Section Five of the nuclear deal.
But the only thing this rhetoric tangibly achieved last week was to give Iran's leadership an excuse to pin the unrest on outside actors, chiefly the United States.
Trump allowed the deal to remain in place previous year while Congress considered legislation to strengthen the 2015 agreement. Iran hawks worry that the IAEA won't even ask for such an inspection, fearing a confrontation with Iran. Vice President Mike Pence, made a similar assertion in a recent op-ed, arguing that "the last administration's refusal to act ultimately emboldened Iran's tyrannical rulers to crack down on dissent".
Iran's atomic energy agency suggested that the country could resume and accelerate uranium enrichment if the sanctions are reimposed.