US President Donald Trump keeps Iran nuclear deal alive by waiving sanctions #39;for last time#39;

President Donald Trump has kept alive the Iran nuclear deal by waiving economic sanctions, but warned European allies and Congress that it will be "for the last time" if they fail to fix the "disastrous flaws" in the landmark 2015 pact.

The White House said yesterday that Trump will waive the sanctions against Iran for the "last time", unless an agreement can be reached between the US and Europe within the next 120 days that would strengthen the nuclear deal.

"Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the US from the Iran nuclear deal," Trump said in a statement.

He told the international community, in particular his European allies, either to fix the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or he would withdraw the US from the nuclear deal.

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

"This is the last chance. In absence of such an agreement (between the US and European powers), the US will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal," he said in a lenghty statement.

The announcement came as the Treasury Department placed sanctions on 14 individuals and entities for alleged offenses unrelated to Iran’s nuclear industry. The new measures concern human rights abuses and censorship in Iran and the arming of groups throughout the region.


More on