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Trump imposes fresh sanctions on Iran, warning: ‘Don’t restart your nuclear program’

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Trump imposes fresh sanctions on Iran, warning: ‘Don’t restart your nuclear program’President Donald Trump (AP/Evan Vucci)

By World Israel News Staff and AP

President Donald Trump warned Iran on Wednesday against resuming its nuclear weapons program as he imposed a fresh set of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The new sanctions target Iran’s iron, steel, aluminum and cooper sectors.

The move came on the one-year anniversary of the president’s announcement that he was pulling the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran — known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program,” Trump told reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting when asked about the potential consequences. “I would advise them very strongly. If they do there will be very severe consequence.”

The comments came as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that his country will begin keeping its excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program, setting a 60-day deadline for new terms to the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, or it will resume enriching uranium, a key component of developing nuclear bombs.

The agreement, which was negotiated by the Obama administration and included Germany, France and Britain, had lifted most U.S. and international economic sanctions against Iran. In exchange, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program, making it impossible to produce a bomb and establishing rigorous inspections.

But President Trump, a severe critic of the deal dating back to his 2016 presidential campaign, said Tuesday in a televised address from the White House that it was “defective at its core.”

On Wednesday, he claimed the deal “was going to lead to nuclear proliferation all over the Middle East” and bragged the sanctions would be among the strongest “that we’ve ever put on a country.”

Trump also pointed to Iran’s actions in countries including Syria and Yemen.

“With all of the places they’re involved, it’s bedlam and death and we can’t allow that to happen,” he said, adding: “They’ve gotta understand life. ’Cause I don’t think they do understand life.”

Europe eager for deal
U.S. allies in Europe had tried to keep President Trump in and lamented his move to abandon it. Iran’s leader ominously warned his country might “start enriching uranium more than before.”

The sanctions seek to punish Iran for its nuclear program by limiting its ability to sell oil or do business overseas, affecting a wide range of Iranian economic sectors and individuals.

Major companies in the U.S. and Europe could be hurt, too. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that licenses held by Boeing and its European competitor Airbus to sell billions of dollars in commercial jetliners to Iran will be revoked. Certain exemptions are to be negotiated, but Secretary Mnuchin refused to discuss what products might qualify.

He said the sanctions will sharply curtail sales of oil by Iran, which is currently the world’s fifth largest oil producer. Secretary Mnuchin said he didn’t expect oil prices to rise sharply, forecasting that other producers will step up production.

Iran’s government must now decide whether to follow the U.S. and withdraw or try to salvage what’s left with the Europeans. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he was sending his foreign minister to the remaining countries but warned there was only a short time to negotiate with them.

Trump also left open the possibility of a new deal, and told reporters Wednesday: “We’ll make either a really good deal for the world or we’re not going to make a deal at all.” He predicted Iran would choose to negotiate eventually, or face consequences.

The administration said it would re-impose sanctions on Iran immediately but allow grace periods for businesses to wind down activity. Companies and banks doing business with Iran will have to scramble to extricate themselves or run afoul of the U.S. government.

Meanwhile, for nations contemplating striking their own sensitive deals with President Trump, such as North Korea, the withdrawal will increase suspicions that they cannot expect lasting U.S. fidelity to international agreements it signs.

Former President Barack Obama, whose administration negotiated the deal, called President Trump’s action “misguided” and said, “The consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers.”

Mideast allies pleased
Yet nations like Israel and Saudi Arabia that loathed the deal saw the action as a sign the United States is returning to a more skeptical, less trusting approach to dealing with adversaries.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Trump’s announcement as a “historic move.”

“I heard that Iran intends to continue its nuclear program and we will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons,” Israel’s prime minister said on Wednesday on his way to a Israeli Memorial Day ceremony in Jerusalem.

The president said Tuesday that documents recently released by Prime Minister Netanyahu showed Iran had attempted to develop a nuclear bomb in the previous decade, especially before 2003. Although the president gave no explicit evidence that Iran violated the deal, he said Iran had clearly lied in the past and could not be trusted.

Iran has denied ever pursuing nuclear arms.

In a burst of last-minute diplomacy, punctuated by a visit by Britain’s top diplomat, the deal’s European members had given ground on many of President Trump’s demands for reworking the accord, according to officials, diplomats and others briefed on the negotiations. Yet the Europeans realized he was unpersuaded.

In Iran, many are deeply concerned about how President Trump’s decision could affect the already struggling economy. In Tehran, Rouhani sought to calm nerves, smiling as he appeared at a petroleum expo. He didn’t name President Trump directly, but emphasized that Iran continued to seek “engagement with the world.”

特朗普对伊朗实施新的制裁,警告:“不要重新启动你的核计划”总统唐纳德特朗普(AP / Evan Vucci)

由世界以色列新闻工作人员和AP

唐纳德特朗普总统周三警告伊朗不要恢复其核武器计划,因为他对伊朗伊斯兰共和国实施了一系列新制裁。

新的制裁针对的是伊朗的钢铁,铝和铜合金行业。

此举是在总统宣布他将美国从2015年的伊朗核协议中拉出来一周年之际 – 被称为联合综合行动计划。

“我会建议伊朗不要开始他们的核计划,”特朗普在内阁会议开始时告诉记者,当被问及潜在后果时。 “我会非常强烈地建议他们。如果他们这样做将会产生非常严重的后果。“

伊朗总统哈桑·鲁哈尼周三表示,他的国家将开始从其核计划中保留过剩的铀和重水,为2015年与世界大国达成的核协议设定60天的最后期限,或者它将恢复浓缩铀是发展核弹的关键组成部分。

该协议由奥巴马政府谈判,包括德国,法国和英国,已经解除了对伊朗的大多数美国和国际经济制裁。作为交换,伊朗同意限制其核计划,使其无法生产炸弹并建立严格的检查。

但特朗普总统是对这项可追溯到2016年总统竞选活动的严厉批评者,他周二在白宫的电视讲话中表示,其“核心存在缺陷”。

周三,他声称这笔交易“将导致整个中东地区的核扩散”,并且吹嘘制裁将成为我们对一个国家施加的最强大的“制裁”。

特朗普还指出了伊朗在叙利亚和也门等国的行动。

“他们所涉及的所有地方,都是喧嚣和死亡,我们不能允许这种情况发生,”他说,并补充说:“他们必须了解生活。因为我认为他们不了解生活。“

欧洲渴望交易
美国在欧洲的盟友曾试图让特朗普总统进入并哀叹他放弃它的举动。伊朗领导人不祥地警告他的国家可能“比以前更多地开始浓缩铀”。

制裁旨在通过限制其出售石油或在海外开展业务的能力来惩罚伊朗的核计划,影响到伊朗的各种经济部门和个人。

美国和欧洲的主要公司也可能受到伤害。财政部长Steven Mnuchin表示,波音公司及其欧洲竞争对手空中客车公司向伊朗出售数十亿美元商用喷气式飞机的许可证将被撤销。某些豁免将进行谈判,但是Mnuchin部长拒绝讨论哪些产品可能符合条件。

他说,制裁将严重限制伊朗的石油销售,伊朗目前是世界第五大石油生产国。 Mnuchin部长表示,他预计油价不会大幅上涨,预计其他生产商将加大产量。

伊朗政府现在必须决定是否跟随美国,撤回或试图挽救欧洲人留下的东西。伊朗总统哈桑·鲁哈尼表示,他正派遣外交部长前往其余国家,但警告说,与他们谈判只有很短的时间。

特朗普还提出了新协议的可能性,周三告诉记者:“我们要为这个世界做出非常好的交易,否则我们根本不会达成协议。”他预测伊朗会选择谈判最终,或面临后果。

美国政府表示将立即对伊朗实施制裁,但允许企业放宽活动。与伊朗做生意的公司和银行将不得不争先恐后地自拔或与美国政府发生冲突。

与此同时,对于考虑与特朗普总统(如朝鲜)达成自己敏感交易的国家而言,撤军将增加人们的怀疑,即他们不能指望美国对其签署的国际协议保持持久的忠诚。

美国前总统巴拉克•奥巴马(Barack Obama),其政府谈判达成协议,称特朗普总统的行动“被误导”并说:“我们国家加入的协议一贯藐视可能会削弱美国的信誉,使我们与世界主要大国发生冲突。”

中东盟友很高兴
然而,像以色列和沙特阿拉伯这样厌恶这笔交易的国家认为这一行动表明美国正在回归一种更加怀疑,不那么信任的对付对手的方法。

以色列总理本雅明·内塔尼亚胡欢迎特朗普的宣布为“历史性举动”。

“我听说伊朗打算继续其核计划,我们不会允许伊朗获得核武器,”以色列总理周三在耶路撒冷举行的以色列阵亡将士纪念日仪式上表示。

总统周二表示,内塔尼亚胡总理最近发布的文件显示,伊朗曾在过去十年中试图发展核弹,特别是在2003年之前。虽然总统没有明确证明伊朗违反了这项协议,但他说伊朗显然是在撒谎。过去,不可信任。

伊朗否认曾经追求核武器。

据官员,外交官和其他有关谈判情况的人士透露,在最后一刻的外交活动中,英国最高外交官访问了这笔交易,该交易的欧洲成员为特朗普总统提出的重新修改协议的要求奠定了基础。然而欧洲人意识到他没有被说服。

在伊朗,许多人对特朗普总统的决定如何影响已经陷入困境的经济深表关切。在德黑兰,鲁哈尼试图平静神经,微笑着出现在石油博览会上。他没有直接命名特朗普总统,但强调伊朗继续寻求“与世界接触”。

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