Iran's Rouhani declares 'victory' over Trump on nuclear deal

Iran's Rouhani declares 'victory' over Trump on nuclear deal

Another potential political benefit for Iran has become more evident in the last few days as the issue of the Iranian nuclear deal returns to the top of the news agenda.

Trump signed off on a waiver Friday to keep several sanctions on Iran suspended, essentially keeping the nuclear deal in effect.

One of the criticisms levelled at the nuclear deal is that it does nothing to address Iran's continuing ballistic missile programme and meddling in Middle East conflicts such as Yemen and Syria.

Rouhani's remarks were the latest in a tit-for-tat exchange between Trump and Iranian officials over the deal, as well as anti-government protests that took place across the country recently. He vowed, "In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will never again waive sanctions in order to save the Iran nuclear deal..."

In the United States the administration is facing deadlines every few months regarding the sanctions against Iran.

Trump on Friday told the European signatories of the 2015 nuclear accord to either "fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".

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Iran's Foreign Ministry said the move "crossed all red lines of conduct in the global community and is a violation of worldwide law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic", state media reported. Reluctantly, they are deciding that Trump is the great destabiliser and a far more potent threat to the global order than any danger posed by Iran.

The other parties to the agreement - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union - have all said the deal is working and that Iran is complying fully with its commitments. In effect, he is asking them to act as mediators to accomplish changes that Iran is refusing to make.

Moving forward, the President outlined two paths forward on Iran: either fix the flaws set out above or withdraw from the deal. "No one should doubt my word". "Unfortunately, today a person has been empowered in the U.S. that has no understanding of cultural relations among nations", Zarif said, addressing the first International Conference of Asian Cultural Dialogue in Tehran on Saturday.

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.

In a separate development, Iran lifted restrictions imposed during recent protests on the country's most popular social media app Telegram.

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