The Trump White House announced Friday its decision to waive renewed sanctions on Iran’s hardline regime, effectively extending the Obama-era Iranian nuclear deal for at least several months with officials warning it will be the “last waiver” issued.
Despite the agreement’s extension, the Treasury Department announced a variety of new sanctions against Tehran, specifically targeting the regime’s human rights abuses and support of terror organizations.
The Trump administration also announced its intention to totally withdraw from the 2015 deal if Iran does not address those issues, adding that the President is interested in stopping Iran’s nuclear ambitions “forever,” not just “for ten years.”
“This would not entail direct negotiations with the Iranians, but would be something the U.S. works out with European partners only,” a White House official told Fox News.
“The United States will not stand by while the Iranian regime continues to engage in human rights abuses and injustice. We are targeting the Iranian regime, including the head of Iran’s judiciary, for its appalling mistreatment of its citizens, including those imprisoned solely for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and for censoring its own people as they stand up in protest against their government,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday.
IRAN ON EDGE: Iran’s Hardline Regime on the Brink of COLLAPSE
Despite desperate attempts to crackdown on the deadly protests sweeping across Iran in recent days, the Iranian regime is slowly losing its grip on power; with regional experts predicting the hardline government’s days may be numbered.
Tehran quickly clamped-down as student-led protests shocked the Mullahs and other top government officials; the largest demonstrations against the Islamic Republic since 2009’s “Green Movement” or “Twitter Revolution.”
“At some point the Islamic Republic’s luck presumably runs out.”
Military analysts believe the Ayatollah is struggling to maintain his stranglehold on the nation, saying, “At some point the Islamic Republic’s luck presumably runs out.”
“[The demonstrations have] morphed into basically a youth protest against the system writ large, and it all goes back to the clerics’ monopoly on power,” said Kenneth Katzman, a senior analyst of Iranian affairs for the US Congressional Research Service.
The protests began as a reaction against the brutal regime’s mismanagement of government funds, scarce job opportunities, and low wages, but has transformed into a nationwide protest demanding women’s rights and more liberal freedoms.
So far, at least 21 people have been killed and nearly 500 have been arrested.
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IRAN ON EDGE: Supreme Leader LASHES OUT at ‘Enemies’ as Iran Crumbles
Iran’s Supreme Leader lashed-out at “enemies” of the Islamic Republic on Tuesday; accusing outside forces of “meddling” in Iranian politics as protests sweep the nation and the death toll rises to at least 20, reports Fox News.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blasted the “enemies of Iran” on his official website this week, following a weekend of deadly demonstrations throughout the country; the greatest show of defiance against the Iranian regime since the “Twitter Revolution” of 2009.
“Hundreds of people have been arrested and a prominent judge on Tuesday warned that some could face death penalty trials,” writes Fox. “In comments posted to his official website, Khamenei appeared to blame foreign nations for at least exacerbating the unrest gripping Iran.”
“In the recent days’ incidents, enemies of Iran utilized various means — including money, weapons, politics and intelligence apparatuses — to create problems for the Islamic system,” said Khamenei.
On New Year’s Day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended his support to the Iranian protesters, wishing them “success in their noble quest for freedom.”