With Tehran and USA allies in Europe stepping up pressure to preserve the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord, President Trump appears poised to back away from a threat to pull America out of the deal, opting instead for new, albeit more targeted, sanctions against Iranian officials and entities.
"The protesters in Iran are expressing legitimate grievances, including demanding an end to their government's oppression, corruption, and waste of national resources on military adventures", the statement read.
Gabriel, who has been outspoken in his criticism of U.S. foreign policy since President Donald Trump took office a year ago, said the United States was right to address concerns about Iran's strategy in the Middle East.
The meeting comes amid continued uncertainty on the Trump's administration's plans regarding the global agreement.
"The US will definitely regret exiting the JCPOA, and will incur much more losses than Iran, the official warned, saying Washington would wonder what a detailed plan Iran has made", Takht-Ravanchi reportedly told Iran's state-run IRNA, according to Iran's Tasnim news agency. Congressional leaders have begun to look at ways to rewrite several key provisions, including possibly eliminating sunset clauses and requiring more intrusive inspections, although it's unlikely Iran would agree.
Donald Trump's view of the Iran pact is the opposite to that of European ministers who've been meeting with their Iranian counterpart and the EU's top diplomat in Brussels.
One of the criticisms levelled at the nuclear deal is that it does nothing to address Iran's continuing ballistic missile programme and meddling in Middle East conflicts such as Yemen and Syria.
Russian Federation spoke out strongly Friday in favor of the accord, ahead of the announcement of Trump's decision, calling it "the result of a consensus among many parties", in the words of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. But he seems to be laying the groundwork for an eventual withdrawal. Before he took office and since he arrived in the White House, Trump has been deeply critical of the deal. The president also faces a series of deadlines this month on whether to extend sanctions waivers.
"The deal is working, it is delivering on its main goal which means keeping the Iranian nuclear program in check", European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.
President Trump must certify that Iran is complying with the deal by that deadline to keep it viable. But some of the current restrictions eventually expire.
Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, committing itself to never pursue nuclear weapons, but it is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
The genesis of Trump's particular antipathy to Iran is hard to pin down. It is delivering on its main goal which means keeping the Iranian nuclear programme in check and under close surveillance. "So his posturing on the ineffectiveness of the deal and its weaknesses is expected".
The official said a decision not to waive the sanctions would leave the United States in violation of the agreement.