Trump to announce Iran strategy Friday: White House

13 October, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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"We thought it was the wrong decision", Cardin told reporters recently.

What follows after de-certification of deal?

Pressure is mounting on US President Donald Trump as he mulls a key announcement on whether Iran is complying with the nuclear deal.

Who says they are not holding up their end of the deal? Tillerson is expected to reach out to other members of Congress in coming days to brief them on the administration's intentions on the nuclear deal.

"The president said he wanted to tear up the deal". They list Iranian support for the brutal Assad regime in Syria and the terrorist group Hezbollah, as well as its illegal ballistic missile program, as examples, but the deal was never meant to cover those issues.

The agreement contains specific restrictions on Iran's nuclear program that will expire after predetermined periods of time.

If he chooses not to certify, Trump would be defying the opinion of some of his top advisers, European countries and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Decertifying the nuclear deal threatens to further escalate tensions between the two nations.

France, Germany and Britain, despite their opposition to Washington backing away from the deal, have told US lawmakers that they could join discussions on constraining Iran's long-term nuclear ambitions, according to one congressional Democratic aide. But that's something no one on Capitol Hill seems inclined to do.

Democrats are fiercely opposed to Trump's determination that Iran is not meeting its commitments and insist the agreement must remain intact to survive.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week that Iran "is not in material breach of the agreement".


European allies have complained that the White House has not presented a plan on how to push back Iranian influence, particularly in Syria, where the Trump administration has insisted it did not want to get involved in the civil war, preferring to focus exclusively on fighting the Islamic State.

In a rare case of the United Kingdom publicly pressuring the USA, the British government said Wednesday that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had called Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to underscore British support for the deal.

And if that fails, Cotton said, "We may have to impose new, even more coercive, sanctions". "Once it was entered into, once it was implemented, we want to see it enforced". He would not say whether he would be open to other changes, stressing new conditions might violate the deal.

The certification would also demand that the intelligence community produce judgments on a wide range of Iranian behaviour that is not covered by the nuclear deal, including ballistic missile testing and development, support for Lebanon's Hezbollah movement and Syrian President Bashar Assad and threats to Israel and the Mideast more broadly, according to the drafts. "There will be absolutely no changes, no alterations, nothing done to the current framework".

European allies are warning of a split with the United States on the issue. French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed concern about Iran's ballistic missiles and the "sunset" provisions as well. Those in favor of keeping the deal in place argue it's working and will prevent Iran from making nuclear weapons for 15 years.

"There is no technical nor political space to renegotiate this deal", Federica Mogherini, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, told PBS Wednesday.

What happens if Trump decertifies the deal? But it is a requirement of US law.

Two other USA officials, who also requested anonymity, said Trump's bellicose rhetoric on a number of fronts is troubling both many of his own aides and some of America's closest allies, a few of whom have asked US officials privately if Trump's real objective is attacking Iran's nuclear facilities.

European officials expressed relief that the White House speech did not appear to represent an U.S. abrogation of the 2015 deal, which they had intensively lobbied against since it became clear over recent months that Trump did not want to continue to certify the deal to Congress. "It doesn't try and do more. that needs to be understood and recognised in Washington".

The diplomats "discussed the situation around the JCPOA on Iran's nuclear program approved by the UN Security Council in 2015".

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