Iran calls fresh US sanctions illegal, hostile

The new deal - which Trump envisions as being outlined in US law and involving Britain, France and Germany - would impose tougher controls on Iran if sanctions relief is to continue.

The biggest name included in the new sanctions list was Sadeq Larijani, head of the Iranian judiciary and brother of Ali Larijani, who is speaker of the Iranian parliament.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses clearly that it will take no measures beyond its commitments under the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - the deal's official name] and will accept no changes to this agreement now or in the future, and will not allow that the JCPOA be linked to any other issue [than the nuclear issue]", said Iran's Foreign Ministry.

It has the backing of all the partners to the agreement apart from the United States, with Russia warning Washington on Saturday that withdrawing would be "a big miscalculation". "It's going to be complicated to save the deal after this", said one European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity. "And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately", he said. He said that he wanted to give the United States and European allies a final chance to amend the pact.

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow has a "very negative stance" on the decisions and comments made by Trump about Iran, "Our worst expectations are coming true", Ryabkov stated. "The protesters in Iran are expressing legitimate grievances, including demanding an end to their government's oppression, corruption and waste of national resources on military adventurism".

"I hereby call on key European countries to join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal, countering Iranian aggression and supporting the Iranian people", Trump said in a statement.

The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned 14 companies and individuals in Iran and China - in connection with alleged human rights violations and weapons proliferation.

Third, unlike the nuclear deal, these provisions must have no expiration date.

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Rouhani had promised that the 2015 deal he struck with Obama and other world leaders would lead to economic improvement, but "Iranians have not seen as robust an economic recovery as many had expected", according to an October 2017 analysis by Zachary Laub of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani boasted Sunday that recent efforts by US President Donald Trump have "failed to undermine" the 2015 nuclear deal.

The White House faced a series of deadlines related to the deal on Friday, most importantly, whether to renew or terminate a waiver for sanctions on Iran's central bank and energy sector.

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