US President Donald Trump will decide on Friday whether to renew his country's waiver on nuclear-related sanctions, as well as make a decision on Saturday regarding renewing his certification of the 2015 Iran deal.
Europe and Iran put on a united front over the 2015 accord on freezing the country's nuclear programme on Thursday, warning the U.S. against a decision to supper the deal.
The decision to stay in the deal, at least for now, comes as its critics and proponents argue over whether recent antigovernment protests in Iran show that the global accord has helped, or hurt, the Islamic Republic's authoritarian clerical leadership.
Zarif noted in a tweet the "strong consensus in Brussels" that Tehran is respecting its obligations and that "Iran's continued compliance (is) conditioned on full compliance by the U.S". The protests that erupted in Iran were due to an economic crisis, but morphed into something more fundamental.
"It is delivering on its main goal, which means keeping the Iranian nuclear programme in check and under close surveillance", she added.
The Associated Press cited unnamed administration officials saying lawmakers had made progress in amending USA legislation that governs Washington's participation in the landmark agreement, allowing Trump to extend relief from economic sanctions to Tehran. The president's national security team has been supportive of the protests and is now faced with the challenge of convincing the president that it is still worth signing off on allowing the regime to sell its oil and conduct financial transactions free of USA sanctions.
"We feel it's shameful and inappropriate for the European Union to enter into discussions with the Iranian regime in the present context", said Souroush Abouthalebi, an activist and sympathizer of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
In sharp contrast to Trump's view that the 2015 pact was "the worst deal ever negotiated", the foreign ministers of the three countries and the EU's top diplomat said there was no alternative to it and that sanctions should remain lifted.
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President Hassan Rouhani's deputy chief of staff for political affairs Majid Takht-Ravanchi also warned the United States that the rogue nation had put together a contingency plan in the event that President Trump did not certify the deal and attempted to end it, one which would allegedly "surprise" Washington. As he refused to decertify the deal, asking Congress to revise legislation making it easier to reimpose sanctions at short notice, he accused Tehran of breaking the deal, especially over giving worldwide inspectors access to nuclear sites.
"We should separate two things from each other: we want to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran. and the hard role Iran has in the region", Sigmar Gabriel said.
Iranian-born Israeli Middle East commentator Meir Javadanfan told WIN, "If America does re-impose sanctions, it will hurt the Iranian economy significantly".