Washington also imposed sanctions on the head of Iran's judiciary and others.
January 12, 2018 (EIRNS)-The White House said, today, that President Trump has extended the waiver on Iran sanctions for another 90 days under the 2015 nuclear deal, but that this will be the last time he does so absent a legislative fix from the Congress and a follow-on deal from the Europeans.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticized President Trump, saying the nuclear deal is not renegotiable.
Although Trump approved the waivers on Friday, he has railed against the deal since his presidential campaign, particularly against what he calls "sunset clauses" that allow Tehran to gradually resume wider nuclear activities in the next decade. But he is not proposing "direct talks" with the Iranian government, the official said.
The ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans, key backers of the 2015 nuclear deal, to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days.
He also wants Congress to alter existing USA laws that oversee how the federal government treats the Iran deal - but there is no sign lawmakers will do so anytime soon, or at all.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that the country will commit to no obligations beyond those it has already agreed to under an global nuclear deal, saying US President Donald Trump's latest decision on the deal undermined the solid multilateral agreement.
Saturday's statement from Iran's foreign ministry further criticised new sanctions on 14 individuals announced by the US Treasury on Friday over human rights issues and Iran's missile programme.
Trump has argued that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, a Democrat, negotiated a bad deal for the United States in agreeing to the nuclear accord.
The waiver he will sign suspends USA sanctions on Iran for 120 more days.
On a tweet on Friday, Mohammed Javad Zarif, the foreign relations minister in Iran said that the United States must be in strict adherence to the terms of the deal just like what was expected of Tehran. At that time, Trump had said the deal would be "terminated" if an agreement wasn't reached. In October, Trump decertified the nuclear deal under USA law, saying the sanctions relief was disproportionate to Iran's nuclear concessions, and describing the arrangement as contrary to America's national security interests.
The officials notably did not say that Trump expected the other two nations party to the deal - Russian Federation and China - to join in the revision of the deal. It now expires after a decade.
Trump laid out four conditions that must be met, including increased inspections, ensuring "Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon", and that there be no expiry date to the nuke deal. "We are targeting the Iranian regime, including the head of Iran's judiciary, for its appalling mistreatment of its citizens, including those imprisoned exclusively for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and for censoring its own people as they stand up in protest against their government".
French President Emmanuel Macron phoned Mr Trump on Thursday to call for "the strict application of the deal and the importance of all the signatories to respect it".