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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Thursday that he expected Trump to impose new sanctions on Iran, without addressing what he would decide on the nuclear deal's sanctions.

U.S. President Donald Trump, in a call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, underscored that Iran "must stop its destabilizing activity in the region", the White House said.

"You'll be finding out very soon", Trump told reporters in response to a question at the White House amidst reports that he is expected to take a decision as early as tomorrow to renew the waiver on usa sanctions against Iran.

Several officials said they expected Mr. Trump to warn that he would not waive the sanctions again unless Congress agreed on legislation to tighten the nuclear deal. (If it did, experts fear, Iran could then declare the agreement null and void and restart its potential quest for a nuclear weapon.) According to reports, administration officials have suggested that, even if Trump does extend the waivers, he might seek new measures over other issues like human rights and Tehran's missile program. "We've rolled them out and I think you can expect there will be more sanctions coming".

Trump stopped short of declaring a U.S. withdrawal from the deal, however, and instead punted the issue to Congress, initiating a 60-day review period during which American lawmakers could decide whether to re-impose sanctions.

In October, Trump declined to certify to Congress that staying in the nuclear deal was in America's interest even though the International Atomic Energy Agency repeatedly has said that Iran has complied with the agreement. "We are in the process of trying to deliver on the promise he made to fix it". These people are arguing that refusing to issue the waiver would essentially kill the JCPOA, a result they claim would bolster Iran's ruling mullahs and alienate European leaders. New sanctions will not help their economic problems.

Also on January 8, another Iranian official, this time atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi, issued a warning. Now more than ever, Iran considers it likely that the United States may leave the nuclear deal, thus imposing new conditions on both Iran and the rest of the world.

But the only thing this rhetoric tangibly achieved last week was to give Iran's leadership an excuse to pin the unrest on outside actors, chiefly the United States.

Trump and his administration had come to the defense of the protesters in Iran.

Another proposal would require snapback if Iran refuses a request from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN's atomic watchdog, to inspect a military site not now being monitored.

There remain strong, dark forces within Iran anxious to bring a quick end to the nuclear pact at any economic cost and begin a full-tilt scramble toward an atomic arsenal. Vice President Mike Pence, made a similar assertion in a recent op-ed, arguing that "the last administration's refusal to act ultimately emboldened Iran's tyrannical rulers to crack down on dissent". Hardline Republican Sens. Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz want sanctions back if Iran launches any ballistic missiles capable of targeting territory outside of Iran, such as Israel or Saudi Arabia, and not just an intercontinental missile. "It's probably his best strategy".


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