>> President Donald Trump on Friday reluctantly renewed US backing for the Iran Nuclear Deal. Giving Tehran continued relief from sanctions, but doing so aides said for the last time. Warning he may still pull out of the deal. Trump had chafed at having to once again sign off on the Obama era deal with a country he sees as a rising threat in the Middle East.
The 2015 agreement reigned in Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting global sanctions that had crippled Iran's economy. On Friday the Treasury Department slapped unrelated new sanctions against 14 Iranian groups and individuals in the wake of a government crackdown against recent protests throughout Iran.>> There are many activities that we will continue to sanction whether it be ballistic missiles, human rights violations, outside of the Iran deal.
>> In October, Trump refused to certify Iran's compliance with the deal. A senior White House official told Reuter's Trump wants the deal strengthened within four months or Washington will unilaterally back out.