Iran Rejects Trump's Demands to Change 2015 Nuclear Deal

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis right listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Wednesday Jan. 10 2018 in Washington

In a statement, he told them: "This is a last chance" and said that if his warning goes unheeded, Washington will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the accord.

While other JCPOA signatories havecalled on the United States to comply with the agreement's provisions, saying that the deal had yielded results and was non-negotiable, Trump signaled a possible withdrawal from the deal if the agreement was not improved.

Also on Friday, the United States imposed separate sanctions against 14 Iranian individuals and entities it accuses of rights abuses, censorship and support for weapons proliferators.

Trump refused to re-certify the nuclear deal in late October 2017, accusing Tehran of violating the spirit of the agreement.

Describing sanctions against Larijani as "hostile action", the foreign ministry said the move "crossed all the red lines of conduct in the global community".

"The United States will not stand by while the Iranian regime continues to engage in human rights abuses and injustice".

The deal between Iran and the six countries - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - was signed in 2015 under the previous administration of Barack Obama in order to curb Tehran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions. "Trump, despite his repeated efforts, has failed to undermine the accord", Rouhani said in his speech, according to a report from the Reuters news agency.

Germany said Friday it remained committed to the deal and that it would consult with "European partners to find a common way forward".

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Iran said it would neither accept changes or new obligations.

Trump's ultimatum comes at a time when Iran's economy is struggling, and the nuclear deal has not delivered on the promises made by Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, for economic improvement.

Republican Senator Bob Corker said "significant progress" had been made on bipartisan congressional legislation to address "flaws in the agreement without violating USA commitments".

"There's a great deal of criticism of the deal ever since it's been struck that the deal is a poor deal for the United States and that it wouldn't matter whether or not we were in it", he says.

During a phone call, French President Emmanuel Macron also urged Mr Trump not to scrap the deal.

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) didn't like the idea of waiving Iran's nuclear sanctions.

Officials in Britain and the European Union will likely welcome the news having fought hard to convince Trump to keep the deal in place. A White House spokesperson says that deal should address Tehran's ballistic missile program, tighten inspections, eliminate the agreement's sunset clauses and limit Iran to a one year breakout to obtain a nuclear weapon.

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