Saturday, October 14, 2017

President Trump Decertifies Iran Deal, Pledges to Deny 'All Paths to a Nuclear Weapon'

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President Donald Trump refused to certify the Iran nuclear deal Friday, a move that has been described as one piece of a larger strategy to toughen U.S. policy toward Iran.
“We cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump said in prepared remarks laying out the administration’s months-in-the-making Iran strategy. “We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror, and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout.”
Under a law linked to the nuclear deal (INARA), Trump is required to report to Congress every 90 days on four conditions, including whether sanctions relief is appropriate and proportionate to Iran’s behavior under the deal. Trump cited that condition in his speech Friday. Proponents of decertification have noted that Trump could decertify on that basis, or on a condition that questions whether continued sanctions relief is in America’s vital national security interests.
Trump on Friday slammed the deal’s expiring limits, its upfront provision of sanctions relief to Tehran, its failure to promote stability in the Middle East, and its failure to address Iran's missile programs. Congress has already begun addressing these issues, he noted.
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