Trump re-certifies Iran nuclear deal for last time, hits Tehran with more sanctions

President Trump faces a Jan. 12 deadline to extend waivers of broad oil and energy sanctions against that were critical to getting Iran's commitment to the Obama-era nuclear accord. (Associated Press)

President Trump is re-certifying the Iranian nuclear deal Friday for another 120 days but warned it’s the last time, as the U.S. seeks a tougher agreement against Tehran with European allies, and the administration slapped Iran with fresh sanctions.

Mr. Trump faced a Friday deadline to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran that the U.S had suspended as part of a 2015 nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and five other nations.

The president is designating 14 Iranian individuals and entities with new sanctions unrelated to the nuclear deal, including the head of Iran’s judiciary, a senior administration official said.

But the official said the White House also wants Congress and European allies to take sterner action before the next deadline for extending the deal.


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