Iran deal won't survive beyond May 2018, sanctions expert says



The 2015 Iran nuclear deal-which lifted aggressive economic sanctions on Iran if it agreed to halt their nuclear program-has been a source of recent contention.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it would be risky for these nations to give up their weapons without considering national interests and strategies.

Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani on Monday vowed "proportional reaction" to the new U.S. sanctions on Iranian entities and individuals.

Senior US administration officials said last week that Trump will work with European partners on a follow-on agreement that enshrines certain triggers that Iran can not exceed related to ballistic missiles.

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However, the deal's other signatories - the UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany - have hailed it as a diplomatic triumph and a pillar of regional and global diplomacy.

The Iran nuclear deal is on life support and on a trajectory for collapse, many policy experts believe, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's current continuation of sanctions relief.

They have also praised Iran's full compliance with its side of the agreement, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), warning Washington against attempts to link unrelated issues to the accord, which has been endorsed by a UN Security Council resolution.

The legislation seeks to fix the major flaws of the JCPOA, including the nuclear deal's sunset provisions, the faulty inspections regime and provisions that allow advanced nuclear technology and ballistic missile research and development. "Unfortunately, all our proposals have been always met with tough resistance from a number of our Western colleagues, who prefer to turn a blind eye to the facts of use and even production of chemical weapons by terrorists, and come forward with unfounded accusations against Damascus", he said. Nazarbayev offered his country as a venue for talks on the North Korean crisis, urged nuclear powers to give Pyongyang security guarantees as a way to get negotiations off the ground.

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