And I would be extraordinarily surprised if the Europeans would have any part of that. On top of that, President Trump wants to make clear that Iran's missiles, even conventional missiles are "inseparable" from the nuclear deal. These areas fall outside the scope of the nuclear deal. "And we expect all parties to continue to fully implement this agreement", Mogherini concluded.
All this stands in stark contrast to the policy and actions of the previous administration.
But to some in Washington, the meeting amounted to a show of unity between Europe and Iran - and of defiance toward the United States.
The Iranian regime is the world's leading state sponsor of terror. And, like the bill I expect from Congress, these provisions of a supplemental agreement must never expire. Work already has begun on this front, the official said. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has famously blamed the United States and other foreign enemies for orchestrating and directing the demonstrations.
Trump's Friday decision may also assuage concerns about blowing up the agreement that are shared by even some Republicans who opposed the deal in 2015. They should join us in constraining Iran's missile development and stopping its proliferation of missiles, especially to Yemen. Officials, congressional aides and outside administration advisers said had the president would likely extend the sanctions waivers, citing progress in amending U.S. legislation that governs Washington's participation in the deal.
The same article notes that the budget for the forthcoming Iranian year, which was announced shortly before the outbreak of unrest, was a major spark for the demonstrations. He didn't say exactly what European allies must do beyond addressing the deal's flaws, countering Tehran's aggression and "supporting the Iranian people".
The foreign ministry vowed to retaliate, but did not say what form such action might take.
But critics of the regime, including the NCRI, believe that it is fundamentally incapable of such compromise.
On Thursday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, and foreign ministers of France, Germany, Britain, expressed their views to uphold the hardly-wrought deal.
The waivers were accompanied by other non-nuclear sanctions and a stern warning that Trump will pull out of the deal if the fixes aren't made. The enormous financial windfall the Iranian regime received because of the deal-access to more than $100 billion, including $1.8 billion in cash-has not been used to better the lives of the Iranian people. "Rather, the government has become smarter in managing such crises", the article explained.
"We are also targeting Iran's ballistic missile program and destabilising activities, which it continues to prioritise over the economic well-being of the Iranian people".
The sanctions Trump waived Friday dealt with Iran's central bank.
One senior administration official said Trump would be open to remaining in a modified deal if it were made permanent.
Trump said this is the last chance, and in the absence of an agreement, the US would not remain a party to the deal.
During that four-month period, he now wants Congress and America's main European allies to draw up a new deal - without negotiating with Tehran - to replace the "disastrous flaws" in the current agreement.
Mr Trump's decision will come on the heels of several days of anti-government protests throughout Iran.
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