Iran says it won't back away from ballistic missile development

Iran says it won't back away from ballistic missile development

One of the individuals Trump imposed sanctions on was judiciary head Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, and Iran was quick to come to Larijani's defense.

Meanwhile, China and Russian Federation, the other two parties, have also repeatedly called on the United States to maintain its commitment to the Iranian Nuclear deal which is "a beneficial practice of solving a critical issue through political and diplomatic means".

US officials said the new sanctions were for human-rights abuses by the Iranian regime during its response to civil protests, and for weapons proliferation.

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

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called Trump's decision an attempt to "undermine" the deal.

U.S President, Donald Trump, wants to amend the deal or withdraw from it, the BBC reports.

It also said Iran would not allow the deal to be linked to other issues, after Trump suggested that the sanctions relief under the deal be tied to Iran limiting its long-range ballistic missile program. These are separate to the nuclear deal. Scuttling the nuclear deal would be a disaster, especially with the mass protests going on in Iran right now.

The 2015 agreement was signed by Barack Obama, Mr Trump's predecessor, and saw economic sanctions waived in return for Iran not developing nuclear weapons.

"If does not comply with any of these provisions, American nuclear sanctions would automatically resume", he said.

First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said in a post on his Instagram page that the U.S. would "lose out" if they withdrew from the deal.

Three officials said the waivers will be accompanied by other, targeted sanctions on Iran for human rights abuses and a stern warning that Trump will pull out of the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration if fixes aren't made by spring. The speculation is that he will keep us in the deal but apply some very specific sanctions to Iranian officials with ties to terrorism.

Trump's decision to again waive the sanctions related to the 2015 accord was recommended by his entire national security team, including National Security Adviser HR McMaster, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The official said his action on Friday "will be the last such waiver he will issue".

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear watchdog of the United Nations, has consistently reported that Iran has stayed within the main parameters of the deal.

He also called on Iran to stay calm and continue to fulfill obligations under the deal.