President Donald Trump has announced that he will approve certain sanctions waivers necessary in order to preserve the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA). In an official statement, the President indicated that this is the last such waiver he will issue and warned that “the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal.”
President Trump called on Congress to enact legislation addressing Iran and stated that the legislation should include the following critical components:
- The legislation must require Iran to allow immediate inspections by international inspectors at all nuclear sites.
- The legislation must “ensure that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon”.
- The legislation “must have no expiration date.” President Trump stated that “My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon – not just for ten years, but forever.”
- The legislation must subject Iran’s long-range missile program to the same sanctions imposed on its nuclear weapons program.