In particular, Iran said the placing of judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani on the sanctions list "crossed all red lines of conduct in the global community. and the government of the United States will bear responsibility for all the consequences of this hostile move".
"The aim is to send a message to Washington that Iran is complying and that it is better to have the nuclear agreement than to isolate Tehran", one diplomat said. "But any bill I sign must include four critical components", he said. "The Iranian nuclear deal as we're talking about here had nothing really to do with either the ballistic missile program or Iranian actions in the Middle East, in say Syria or other places in the Middle East". "Second, it must ensure that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon". The foreign minister added that that the U.S. president had gone way beyond all behavioral redlines that are acceptable internationally. My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon-not just for ten years, but forever. It saw Iran agree to reduce uranium enrichment activity drastically, dispose of its enriched uranium stocks and modify a heavy water facility so it could not produce material suitable for a nuclear bomb.
However, Iran disagreed with Trump that its long-range ballistic missile program could be sanctioned under the terms of the current deal.
Hailed by Obama as key to stopping Iran from building a nuclear bomb, the deal lifted economic sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear ambitions.
The officials notably did not say that Trump expected the other two nations party to the deal - Russian Federation and China - to join in the revision of the deal.
Trump promised to do away with the deal in his campaign. Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, those restrictions will expire in 2025.
"If it means in May the new certification of Iran's complying with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will not happen - which is how we read yesterday's signals [from Washington] - then here we clearly see a classical ultimatum from the USA side", he said. Defense Secretary James Mattis, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have all advised the president to abide by the agreement and extend relief from the sanctions.
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