Trump urged by top advisers to waive Iran sanctions

Trump urged by top advisers to waive Iran sanctions

Trump urged by top advisers to waive Iran sanctions

"We should separate two things from each other: we want to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran... and the hard role Iran has in the region", Gabriel said before a meeting with his counterparts from Iran, Britain, France and the EU's top diplomat.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is to raise Paris' concerns about the deal as well as its ballistic missile program while also seeking to keep dialogue open with Iran, a spokesman told journalists.

"We know that it's absolutely necessary to have the signal that it's possible by diplomatic approaches to prevent the development of nuclear weapons, in a time when other parts of the world are discussing how to get nuclear weapons into force", Gabriel said.

Many of Trump's top aides have reportedly been urging him to extend USA sanctions relief, but Trump remained reluctant on January 10.

While the president remains sharply critical of the deal - even moving to "decertify" it under USA law in October - administration sources say he's now leaning toward once again approving the broad-based waivers.

The so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), agreed by President Obama in 2015, was signed by China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany, the European Union, and the United States - but Mr Trump has since suggested he could renege on it. During his campaign, Trump promised to dump it, calling the it "the worst deal ever".

The IAEA is responsible for overseeing Iran's compliance with the deal's nuclear restrictions.

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It's a way of stopping Iran from acquiring the nuclear weapons and as my colleagues have said Iran is in compliance with this agreement according to the International Atomic Energy Authority.

Officials have said the majority have since been released, with only the main "instigators" facing trial. European countries are banking on the deal, as many began investing in Iran after the sanctions were lifted.

"As a result, I think it is unlikely that even Mr. Trump know what he is going to do with the JCPOA and accordingly the Europeans can not guess what he is going to do", noted the top diplomat.

The decision comes as Iran's government deals with protests over economic hardships and corruption that are linked to frustration among younger Iranians who hoped to see more benefits from the lifting of sanctions.

"I want to stress that I don't think anybody has so far produced a better alternative as a way of preventing the Iranians from going ahead with the acquisition of its nuclear capability", he said, challenging the deal's opponents to come up with a better solution.

While Mr. Trump already moved in October to "decertify" the accord, The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the president is expected to extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in bilateral efforts in Congress to push through legislation governing Washington's participation in the deal.

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