Germany to keep seeking full implementation of Iran deal - spokeswoman

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US President Donald Trump, a critic of the 2015 accord to prevent Iran developing nuclear arms, said he would extend sanctions relief one last time, the BBC added.

Trump is calling for the deal to allow "immediate inspections" by the US; to "ensure that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon;" to ensure the deal lasts "forever;" and that not only nuclear testing but also long-range missile testing be "subject to severe sanctions" in the deal.

"This is a last chance", Trump said, pushing for a separate agreement.

Senior Trump administration officials briefed reporters on Friday to say the president will work with European partners to broker an agreement limiting Iran's ballistic missiles activities.Mr Trump is prepared to back a modification to the existing deal if it was made permanent, one official said.

But the president also promised to scrap the landmark agreement in 120 days if Congress and European allies don't meet his new demands for strengthening the deal - throwing down the gauntlet on a signature achievement of Barack Obama's presidency.

After Tehran had implemented its part of the deal, which was confirmed during IAEA's inspection trips, on January 16, 2016 the US administration under President Barack Obama lifted sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program.

He also said United States law must tie long-range missile and nuclear weapons programmes together, making any missile testing by Iran subject to "severe sanctions".

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Those countries have vowed not to bolt the agreement even if the USA pulls out, but Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday that "Iran's continued compliance [is] conditioned on full compliance by the U.S".

In a phone call on January 11, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed to Trump the importance of adhering to the deal, pointing out his country's "determination in favor of a strict application of the agreement and the importance of its respect by all of its signatories".

The US still maintains sanctions on Iran - independent of the nuclear deal - on matters such as terrorism, human rights and ballistic missile development.

Trump has argued that Obama, a Democrat, negotiated a bad deal for the United States in agreeing to the nuclear accord. Trump is hoping to fix the sunset clause in the deal, which removes restrictions on Iran's nuclear programs by the end of 10 years, as well as make clear that Iran's nuclear and missile programs are "inseparable" and in need of restrictions.

Second, it must ensure that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon.

Trump in October chose not to certify compliance and warned he might ultimately terminate the accord. There are about 400 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors in Iran, and they indicate Iran is complying with the deal.

Britain, France and Germany called on Trump on Thursday to uphold the pact.

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