Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump again blasts Iran nuke deal as certification decision looms

Trump again blasts Iran nuke deal as certification decision looms

"It is important to note that Iran continues to pursue an ambitious rocket and missile technology program which is not affected by the sanctions relief", the document said.

In mid-July, the Post says, a "furious" Trump argued with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and others who said while the 2015 deal, brokered by former President Barack Obama, was not ideal, it offered stability.

If Trump declines to certify the Iran deal, it would open a 60-day window in which US congressional leaders could move quickly to reimpose sanctions on Tehran suspended under the agreement.

On the other hand, some argue decertification and the possibility of USA sanctions on Iran might win support from the Europeans.

The state-run IRNA news agency reported that the country's top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, briefed lawmakers during a closed session of parliament on Trump's anticipated refusal to certify Iran's nuclear deal with world powers. Former Obama administration officials who played central roles in brokering the Iran nuclear agreement are scheduled to brief congressional Democrats on the merits of the global accord as President Donald Trump prepares to announce a decision that could lead to an unraveling of the pact.

If the USA backs out of the nuclear deal, "it won't be our failure at all, but a failure for the other side", Rouhani said, according to state TV.

It gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program in a bid to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.

"This is the worst deal".

A decision by Trump to decertify the deal would leave it at grave risk, with the US Congress having 60 days to decide whether to re-impose specific sanctions on Tehran that were lifted because of the diplomatic pact.

Officials familiar with the internal deliberations as well as informed sources outside the administration say they expect Trump to tell lawmakers that the Iran deal is not in the US national security interest despite Iran's technical compliance.

More than 180 House Democrats sent a letter to Trump last week calling on him to certify compliance unless he could produce "credible evidence of a material breach by Iran".

Congress was broadly opposed to the deal two years ago, but it's not clear that's the case anymore. "Once it was entered into, once it was implemented, we want to see it enforced".

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