Trump administration warns of ‘unimaginable consequences’ if Iran agrees to end US sanctions

US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are expected to announce an agreement in Washington on Friday on easing economic sanctions on Tehran, according to the White House.

The White House is expected to release a statement on the agreement early next week, and the announcement will come after the White Houses leaders meet at the WhiteHouse.

Officials told reporters the agreement could be in the range of $1 billion to $3 billion in direct relief for Iranian businesses, including the production of Iranian oil and gas.

Under the deal, which has been delayed in the Senate due to differences in the legislation, Iran would get $6 billion in relief and $2 billion in assistance from the US Treasury Department, and would be required to stop its nuclear program in return for a lifting of sanctions.

Trump is expected not to sign the deal as long as he is in office, but his administration has already promised to take unilateral action if Congress fails to act.

In its statement, the White house said it had already met with representatives from the Trump administration and the Trump transition team to discuss the Iran deal.

“The President, along with the President-elect and Vice President-Elect, have committed to continuing to work closely together on matters of mutual interest,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, in an interview on ABC’s This Week, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the US would “absolutely” follow through with its threat of military force to protect US diplomats in Tehran if Tehran does not comply with the deal.

Mattis also said the Trump White House would not be backing down on the Iran threat, despite the threat from the Iranian side.

US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are expected to announce an agreement in Washington on Friday on…