US President Donald Trump today said that he will soon take a decision whether or not to re- impose wide-ranging sanctions on Iran. "You'll be finding out very soon," Trump told reporters in response to a question at the White House amidst reports that he is expected to take a decision as early as tomorrow to renew the waiver on US sanctions against Iran. Trump was asked what is his current thinking on Iran. "You're going to be finding out very soon.
You'll be finding that out very soon," he said. Top Republican Senator Marco Rubio said the "deeply flawed Obama Iran deal" should not be a grant of immunity to Iran from sanctions related to non-nuclear activities. "Should the President choose to remain in the Iran nuclear deal, he should also impose new sanctions against elements of the Iranian government, including the Central Bank of Iran and other Iranian banks, that are involved in or facilitating the regime's human rights abuses against Iranian protesters, its ballistic missile program, or its support for terrorism, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regional destabilisation," Rubio said in a statement. Trump has already declared that he no longer considers the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers to be in the United States' national interest. He, however, has continued to follow the example of his predecessor Barack Obama in regularly signing sanctions waivers so that US economic measures against Tehran do not "snap back." The deadlines for a number of these waivers to be renewed will fall over the coming week, and Trump is obliged to decide whether or not to maintain sanctions relief.
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