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Trump again blasts Iran nuke deal as certification decision looms

12 October 2017

However, they do not believe he will go beyond that and call for Congress to reinstate nuclear sanctions that were lifted as a result of the deal.

Yet Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency reported Wednesday that the country's foreign minister said Tehran "will never" renegotiate the deal.

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.

US President Donald Trump, who has been threatening to "decertify" the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, is expected to make an announcement on the issue on Friday (13 October), Republican lawmakers briefed by White House national security adviser HR McMaster on Wednesday said.

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

Trump is expected to declare this week that Iran is not complying with the pact and to unveil a tough new strategy toward Iran.

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". In a recent review of Iran's compliance of the deal, the White House found the country to have met the requirements, yet Trump insisted on scrapping the deal, stating it was no longer in the US' security interests.

Congress was broadly opposed to the deal two years ago, but it's not clear that's the case anymore. Among them were Reps.

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

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 flawless, it offered stability.

Deutch said the danger of walking away from the agreement is that those expiration dates "would have effectively dropped from a decade to a day" because Iran would be freed of its obligations under the deal. "We thought it was the wrong decision", Cardin told reporters recently. With many nations seemingly committed to at least trying to keep the deal going with or without U.S. involvement, they see pulling out as simply losing their seat at the table for enforcement of the pact. "We don't want to see the United States violate it".

Trump again blasts Iran nuke deal as certification decision looms