Last Updated: 2018-01-14
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TEHRAN, Iran, Jan 14 (NNN-IRNA) - Iran will never renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the U.S. pressures, Iran's Foreign Ministry said, on Saturday.

U.S. President, Donald Trump, once again had to extend waivers that are mandatory, under the deal reached between Iran and world powers, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the foreign ministry said, in a statement.

"Iran stresses clearly, it will not take any measures beyond its commitment to the JCPOA, nor will it accept changes to this agreement. It also will not allow the JCPOA to be linked to any other issue," it said.

Trump said, he will extend sanctions relief on Iran, under the 2015 nuclear deal, for the last time, threatening U.S. withdrawal from the landmark pact, unless U.S. Congress and European allies can fix the alleged "flaws."

Calling it "a last chance," Trump said, in a White House statement that, his country "will not again waive sanctions, in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal."

Responding to Trump's harsh stance, Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said, it was "desperate attempts" to undermine an accord which Iran said was "not renegotiable."

"Trump's policy and today's announcement, amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement," said Zarif, on Twitter.

"JCPOA is not renegotiable; rather than repeating tired rhetoric, the United States must bring itself to full compliance, just like Iran," he said.

On Saturday, the spokesman for Iranian parliament's presiding board, Behrouz Nemati, said, the JCPOA is an international agreement that neither the United States nor any other powers can violate unilaterally.

Trump has constantly criticised the pact, inked between the six world powers, namely China, Russia, Britain, France, the United States and Germany, and Iran in 2015, in which, the West promised to relieve sanctions on Tehran, in exchange for a halt in Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

Under the deal, the U.S. president must sign a waiver, suspending U.S. sanctions on Iran, every 120 days.

France, Britain, China and Russia have 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."

As Trump agreed to the sanctions relief, U.S. Department of Treasury said, it has imposed new sanctions on 14 individuals and entities, over Iran's alleged human rights abuses and ballistic missile programme, including head of Iran's judiciary and the cyber unit of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.

The United States has sanctioned around 100 individuals and entities, involved with Iran's ballistic missile programme and other activities which the United States saw as "illicit," according to Trump's statement.

Iran has dismissed U.S. calls for the quit of missile programme development, and it has stressed that, its nuclear programme is peaceful.-- NNN-IRNA