Trump has been critical of the Obama-era deal and said it would be the “last time” he would sign the waiver. However, he signed it to give key European players in the deal a chance to create a follow-on agreement.
The president also imposed 14 more nonnuclear sanctions and said in a statement: “We are cutting off the regime’s money flows to terrorists. We have sanctioned nearly 100 individuals and entities involved with the Iranian regime’s ballistic missile program and its other illicit activities.”
He added the “disastrous flaws” need to be fixed or the United States will withdraw.
One of the individuals Trump imposed sanctions on was judiciary head Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, and Iran was quick to come to Larijani’s defense.
“The Trump regime’s hostile action (against Larijani) … crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic,” BBC reported the Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement.
The ministry added the president is “continuing to take hostile measures against the Iranian people and repeating the threats that have failed many times.”
Iran also stated the country “will not accept any amendments in this agreement,” now or ever in the future.