Trump to 'decertify' Iran deal, but asks Congress not to reimpose sanctions: Reports

Trump to 'decertify' Iran deal, but asks Congress not to reimpose sanctions: Reports
  1. Trump to 'decertify' Iran deal, but asks Congress not to reimpose sanctions: Reports
    The US president wants to "decertify" the Iran nuclear deal while asking Congress not to reimpose sanctions that could unravel the accord, reports…

US President Donald Trump is expected to “decertify” the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, while quietly encouraging Congress not to reimpose sanctions that could unravel the landmark deal, according to reports.

Trump’s national security advisers have recommended he should not certify the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but keep the agreement intact for now.

Trump, who has described the accord as “the worst deal ever,” has until October 15 to decide whether to certify that Iran is in compliance with the accord.

Under the deal, Washington agreed to waive nuclear-related sanctions in exchange for Tehran restricting its nuclear program. Trump’s senior advisers have been warning him that other signatories to the JCPOA, including European allies, were unlikely to reimpose their own sanctions if the US decided to withdraw from the deal.

Meanwhile, a group of European ambassadors made a trip to Capitol Hill to make their case before Congress that the nuclear agreement should remain in place.

The ambassadors from the UK, EU, France and Germany met with at least 30 senators this week, warning that there is a "lot of misunderstanding" on Capitol Hill regarding the Iran deal.

They also noted that other signatories to the JCPOA - Russia and China in particular - have little appetite for reopening negotiations on the accord. Tehran has also repeatedly made clear it has no intention of renegotiating the terms of the deal.

PressTV-Russia, EU signal parting ways with US on Iran deal The European Commission said on Friday that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the agreement is called, is working and all sides should stick to their commitments. 

Trump has repeatedly accused Iran of not keeping with the "spirit" of the international deal. "They have not lived up to the spirit of the agreement," he said at a White House meeting with senior military leaders on Thursday.

The warning came two days after Secretary of Defense James Mattis told a congressional panel he believed the deal was in America’s interest and that Trump should “consider staying in.” Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has also publicly supported the agreement with Iran.

However, Tillerson and others have worked on a strategy under which Trump would “decertify” the nuclear accord but pass the baton to Congress to save the agreement. After that, Congress would rescind a law requiring the president to certify Iran’s compliance every 90 days.

PressTV-US must stay in Iran nuclear deal: Defense secretary US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis tell senators that Washington must stay in Iran’s nuclear deal.

In 2015, Congress passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. The law, among other things, requires the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is complying with the terms of the deal and that continuing to waive sanctions is in the “national security interests of the United States.”

President Trump has already done that twice - albeit reluctantly.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday…

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