Trump to announce Iran strategy tomorrow: White House

Frederick Owens
October 13, 2017

Drafts of two proposals seen by The Associated Press, one from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and one from committee member and harsh deal critic Sen.

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.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concluded that Iran secretly researched a nuclear warhead until 2009, which Tehran denies. Jacob Lew, the former Treasury secretary, joined the discussion by phone.

"If the feeling is that the United States no longer supports the agreement, then the political reality is that the agreement will be in serious jeopardy and its implementation will be very hard", a senior French diplomat said.

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

Trump, who pledged during his campaign to rip up the Iran deal, has recertified it twice since taking office in January and hates having to do so.

"Experts agree that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action remains the best way to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons".

How would the European Union and Iran react to a possible USA withdrawal? He also is expected to target the country's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard with new sanctions. "We got nothing", Trump told Fox News on Wednesday in reference to the 2015 accord negotiated with Iran by the United States and five other world powers. The administration also wants to impose penalties or limits for Iran's ballistic missile program and create a stronger enforcement mechanism for potential breaches of the deal.

Royce took issue with current restrictions constraining Iran's ability to produce fissile material because they begin to sunset in less than a decade. Cardin's spokesman said the objective of the meeting was to go over the administration's plan for the nuclear deal.

Rouhani said Iran never trusted the United States.

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This is not part of the deal itself, but a requirement that was put into place by Congress after they failed to ratify the agreement as a treaty.

Some Democrats complain it would be hard to join in a bipartisan plan to restrain Iran's nuclear ambitions.

"If we pass the message that with every change of administration in Washington or elsewhere deals are thrown away and renegotiated, no one would negotiate with any administration ever and any deal would be exposed to be renegotiated every term".

After Trump made clear three months ago he would not certify Iran's compliance with the deal, his advisers moved to give him options to consider, a senior administration official said. "Ironically he may have limited our ability to confront Iran, rather than expand it".

Iran has been complying with the legal terms of the agreement, according to USA and European officials.

What exactly that will look like is still being determined, but it could include greater congressional oversight. Iran has said it may exit the deal if the US withdraws.

The Europeans seem more inclined to try to "build" on the deal in this way.

"The president said he wanted to tear up the deal".

While Iran and the other parties have said the deal is not open for renegotiation, at least one party, France, has signalled a willingness to explore additional arrangements to resolve the concerns. He called Trump's move to kick the deal to Congress a "trap" and "a tactic meant to reach the president's goal of tearing the deal apart".

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