TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian officials, responding to President Donald Trump’s call to revise the nuclear agreement, said they would reject any changes to the 2015 deal, adding it was “not renegotiable.”
Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, wrote Saturday on Twitter that the nuclear agreement among Iran, the U.S. and other world powers was “a solid multilateral agreement” that Trump was “maliciously violating.”
Trump on Friday, once again, reluctantly signed waivers crucial to keeping the agreement in place, but he also demanded that European allies agree to rewrite the nuclear deal within 120 days or else he would kill it.
Trump also announced new sanctions, including against the chief of Iran’s hard-line-dominated judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli-Larijani, for his involvement in punishing protesters who participated in anti-government rallies this month.
A series of demonstrations over the economy, which also turned against Iran’s Islamic establishment, erupted in nearly 80 cities nationwide the first week of the year, spreading very quickly, with several turning violent. At least 21 people are believed to have died during the protests and nearly 4,000 people were arrested.
Two of those arrested died in prison in the aftermath of the protests in what officials said were suicides. Protesters say the two men were killed.
Amoli-Larijani is the highest judicial authority in the country. His brother, Ali Larijani, is the speaker of the parliament.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the Trump administration had “crossed a red line of international behavior” by imposing sanctions against Amoli-Larijani. The ministry said the decision went against international law, and the action would receive a “serious response” from Iran.
New York Times