Don't be either fooled or relieved by President Trump's waiving, for now, of nuclear sanctions on Iran, and thus his forgoing of an explicit withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear agreement. Issuing designations for 14 individuals and entities, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the US will not be a silent spectator while the Iranian regime continues to engage in human rights abuses and injustice.
Fixing the current economy requirers financial resources that the Iranian regime is not believe to have, and so spending even more money on its military activities abroad will only worsen the situation.
"Trump's policy & today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement", Zarif tweeted shortly after Trump's statement.
"Iran has directly assisted the Al-Assad regime against the aspirations of the Syrian people and has for years participated in the bloodshed by sending in sectarian militias, providing military aid to the regime, and pursuing demographic change in Syria".
Iran promised a strong reaction to the sanctions, which it said violate international law and prior US commitments. Trita Parsi, head of the National Iranian American Council, called it a "temporary stay of execution".
The U.S. president must sign a waiver suspending the U.S. sanctions on Iran every 120 days. Or as the statement puts it, to engage key European allies in "seeking to secure a new supplemental agreement".
One body was recovered from the sea earlier this week, leaving 29 crew members still unaccounted for.
But he also made clear these waivers will be the last, unless what he calls serious flaws in the agreement are addressed by the spring.
Information for this article was contributed by Anne Gearan, Carol Morello, Erin Cunningham, Bijan Sabbagh and Karoun Demirjian of The Washington Post and by Matthew Lee of The Associated Press.
The sanctions that Trump has to waive deal with Iran's central bank. If that doesn't work, the regime clearly doesn't have any solution to this dilemma and never will. That's why "it's absurd to assign the blame for any particular storm on these companies alone". Currently, talks appear to be at a standstill, with Mexico and Canada refusing to negotiate on certain controversial U.S. demands, including modifying the rules of origin to require a higher percentage of NAFTA content and creating a U.S. -specific content requirement for automotive goods.
The next deadline to waive sanctions under the agreement is the middle of May. 2018 should present novel and potentially challenging options for the use of these new technologies and currencies. According to the European Union, which placed its own sanctions on the judiciary chief in 2012, Sadegh Larijani has "personally signed off on numerous death penalty sentences".
All these factors are dangerous to the theological state, that wages regional wars and spreads terrorism. The policies articulated in the strategy align with many of the administration's actions taken over the course of last year. Would it fall through?