On Friday, Trump is expected to announce that he continues to regard remaining in the Iran nuclear deal not to be in United States interests. Once again today he issued waivers reimposing strict economic sanctions on Iran, but threatened to pull out next time round unless Congress and European countries improve the terms of the agreement from the U.S. point of view.
Macron's office said that he emphasized to Netanyahu "the importance of preserving the Iran nuclear deal and the necessary respect by all parties of their engagements regarding the accord".
Senior US administration officials told reporters that Mr Trump would work with Europeans on a follow-on deal to enshrine triggers that the Iranian government could not exceed related to ballistic missiles. The French presidency stressed that the nuclear deal must be accompanied by reinforced dialogue with Tehran on both issues.
"The American administration has failed to undermine the nuclear deal", Rouhani said on state television on January 14.
While Trump approved the sanctions waiver, the US Treasury Department announced new, targeted sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadeq Amoli Larijani, a close ally of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.More news: Iranian oil tanker sinks off China
The countries that negotiated the multilateral 2015 agreement with the United States were thrown into confusion, anger and disapproval over Trump's ultimatum Friday to withdraw from the deal within months if his conditions are not met. He wants Iran to allow the immediate inspection of all sites as requested by United Nations inspectors, and he demands no lapse of the "sunset" provisions imposing curbs on Iran's nuclear program.
Iran's Foreign Ministry said the move "crossed all red lines of conduct in the global community and is a violation of worldwide law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic", state media reported.
They are also the first concrete global response to the Iranian government's treatment of protesters. Terms have already been agreed to, so he can not unilaterally change them. "If at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately". "No one should doubt my word", Trump stated. "But the clear reluctance with which he has issued the sanctions waivers will continue to weigh on the business community", said Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, founder of the Europe-Iran Forum, a business network. Iranian-born commentator Meir Javadanan told WIN, "Trumps' threats can not work".
In a separate development, Iran lifted restrictions imposed during recent protests on the country's most popular social media app Telegram.