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Trump again blasts Iran nuke deal as certification decision looms

Trump again blasts Iran nuke deal as certification decision looms

There was always the chance he could still have a last-minute change of heart and certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 accord, which he has called an "embarrassment" and the "worst deal ever negotiated".

Congress will have 60 days to pass legislation reimposing sanctions on Iran, but the plan for Trump to declare that the agreement is no longer in the best interests of the United States has sparked warnings that the decision could backfire in a way that ultimately expedites Iran's development of a nuclear weapon.

"I expect President Trump will not certify it", said Elizabeth Rosenberg, an Iran expert at the Center for a New American Security, a progressive think tank.

President Donald Trump's decision on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal could come on Friday, and experts say the "writing is on the wall" that the administration won't recertify the landmark agreement and he likely will turn his attention to getting European support on fixing it.

European officials have categorically ruled out renegotiating the deal, but have said they share Trump's concerns over Iran's destabilising influence in the Middle East.




If Trump does decertify the accord as expected, it would put him at odds with Defense Secretary James Mattis, who last week said Tehran was "fundamentally" in compliance with the agreement and that the US should stick with the pact.

European nations are looking down the road for ways to save the deal, saying that it would be hard to keep the deal in place if the United States withdraws. Tom Cotton, would expand the US certification criteria to include items that are also the province of the United Nations nuclear watchdog and require the USA intelligence community to determine if Iran is carrying out illicit activity in facilities to which the International Atomic Energy Agency does not have access.

"We need to work with allies and partners on a shared agenda that holds the regime in Iran accountable, not dividing America from our closest friends across the globe", Engel said.

Officials have also said there could be room to open a new negotiation for what happens once some of the core terms of the deal begin expiring in 2025, although there is no reason to believe Iran would be ready to enter in such a negotiation.

One of the officials said that like the heated rhetoric with North Korea on its nuclear programme, the Iran discussion has vexed White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "who have tried to advise the President that there are significant risks in the course he'd prefer to pursue". Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at the same hearing that the deal is still in the US national security interest. Among the lawmakers who signed the letter were Engel and 12 other House Democrats who had criticized the deal when it was reached two years ago. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Nita Lowey, D-N.Y. Those provisions relate to enriching uranium to levels near those needed to produce the fuel for a nuclear weapon, as well as other activities that limit Iran's atomic capabilities at various sites. He still has concerns with how the accord will contain Iran in the future, but he doesn't want the pact ditched. "We thought it was the wrong decision", Cardin told reporters recently. "We don't want to see the United States violate it".


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