Iran rules out any change to nuclear agreement

Emmanuel Macron calls to preserve Iran nuclear deal following Donald Trump's new sanctions on Iran

Once again today he issued waivers reimposing strict economic sanctions on Iran, but threatened to pull out next time round unless Congress and European countries improve the terms of the agreement from the U.S. point of view.

The demonstrations that erupted in a number of towns and cities were the largest seen in Iran since the disputed 2009 presidential election, but authorities say the unrest has waned in recent days, and the security forces insist they have restored order.

While the US President Trump has repeatedly claimed that the deal was too lenient and that Iran had broken parts of the agreement, Iran has said the original deal is non-negotiable and it will stick to the accord as long as the other signatories respect it.

Trump is insisting on changes to the nuclear deal and USA law that would be hard if not impossible to finesse.

Last October, Trump declined to certify Iran's compliance with the deal, accusing the Islamic Republic of committing "multiple violations of the agreement", but stopped short of calling on Congress to re-impose sanctions.

Trump - who during the election campaign described the Iran pact as "the worst deal ever" - is under pressure to make good on more of his pre-election promises.

The president said he is "giving one more chance" to "fix" the Iran nuclear agreement but an Iranian born Israeli expects warns, "Fixing it is nixing it".

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Britain and Germany said yesterday they had taken note of Trump's latest decision and would confer with France before responding. All these ill-considered actions and inactions by Trump and his coterie pale in significance compared to the prospect of stoking a military confrontation with Iran. He is seeking unilateral changes in the terms of the deal on the U.S. side and a radical re-negotiation on the part of the Iranians and Europeans, neither of which he is likely to get.

They are also the first concrete global response to the Iranian government's treatment of protesters.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov called Mr Trump's remarks "extremely negative", RIA state news agency reported.

The EU foreign ministers seemed more concerned than Mogherini about these other regional issues and did not hide the differences with Iran on them.

Trump said he would work with European allies to remove so-called sunset clauses that allow Iran to gradually resume advanced nuclear activities in the next decade.

United States senators have been urging the White House to give Congress more time to craft a legislative fix to concerns about the deal, even though lawmakers have made little progress since Trump punted the issue to them in October.

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