Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against new sanctions imposed by the United States after President Donald Trump set an ultimatum to fix "disastrous flaws" in a deal curbing Tehran's nuclear programme. Mr. Trump is expected to decide by Friday whether to extend the sanctions relief or re-impose the restrictions his predecessor, President Barack Obama, suspended two years ago.
"The deal is a long-lasting victory for Iran", Rohani said, referring to the accord Tehran signed in 2015 with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China.
Issuing designations for 14 individuals and entities, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States will not stand by while the Iranian regime continues to engage in human rights abuses and injustice.
But Trump, who must meet regular deadlines to endorse the deal every 90 days and approve sanctions waivers every 120 and 180 days, has railed against the agreement.
"This is the last such waiver [the President] will issue", said a senior administration official briefing reporters, threatening that the administration could still pull out of the deal.
In a weird kicker in the waiver announcement, the United States indicated it hopes to rewrite much of the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and to get its European allies, who wholly back the deal as it is, to do the bargaining for them, he said.
"This is a last chance", Trump warned in a statement that outlined several tough new rules on Iran.
Iran has said it's not interested in any renegotiation and would nearly certainly view a side agreement between the USA and Europe as a violation of the deal.
The new terms Trump seeks with the European countries appear similar to actions he asked Congress to take three months ago but that Congress has not acted on.
Some of the new sanctions announced by the Treasury Department are a response to crackdowns on anti-government protests and blocking access to social media sites.
Iran will definitely respond to the US act by putting the name of Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani on list of sanctions. USA officials and others familiar with the administration's deliberations told the Associated Press that Mr. Trump is likely to back the accord for now but that he may pair his decision with new, targeted sanctions on Iranian businesses and people. But his explicit warning to Europe that the deal must be fixed by the time the next sanctions waivers are due in the spring creates a high-stakes diplomatic deadline that will be hard to meet.
Trump is also urging Congress to reform USA law so the president is no longer required to declare every 90 days whether he thinks Iran is in compliance, or to renew sanctions waivers every 120 or 180 days.
Netanyahu also told Macron the world should "strongly condemn" what he called "five crimes of the Iranian regime". These penalties largely cut Iran out of the global financial system, until they were suspended by Obama under the nuclear deal. These penalties largely cut Iran out of the global financial system, until they were suspended by Obama under the nuclear deal. Trump is also waiving other USA penalties covered by the agreement, including on Iran's oil and gas sectors, which were up for renewal next week. Or it could keep its end of the bargain and continue doing business with other countries in the deal - France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - and isolate the U.S.
He did not set a deadline, but under US law the president is required to waive sanctions every four months.
Trump laid out conditions to keep Washington in the deal.
Trump has sharply criticized the agreement and vowed to rip it up, but his national security advisors have urged him to wait while they work with Congress and USA allies in an effort to strengthen its provisions.