Another Obama Era Rollback Imminent: President Trump to Decertify the Iran Deal Next Week
President Trump has until October 15th to decertify the Iran deal. The President has stated that he believes that the country is not living up to the “spirit of the agreement” and therefore, Fox News reports that the deal will be ending next week.
The Obama people are going nuts over this. The state department people the ex president had in place are complaining that this was a “good deal” and that Trump should listen to James Mattis’ prior statements in favor of this agreement and keep it in place.
President Trump will announce next week that he will “decertify” the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
An administration source pushed back on the report to Fox News, saying that a decision on the agreement was “not fully baked.”
During a briefing with senior military leaders Thursday, Trump said Iran had “not lived up to the spirit of the agreement” and added the U.S. “must put an end to Iran’s continued aggression.”
Trump has until Oct. 15 to tell Congress if he believes Iran is complying with the seven-nation pact.
“We’re going to give [Trump] a couple of options of how to move forward to advance the important policy toward Iran,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Wednesday.
An announcement of decertification by Trump would not scrap the deal on its own. If he does decertify the deal, Congress could reintroduce economic sanctions on Iran that were suspended under the agreement. If that happens, Iran has threatened to walk away from the arrangement and restart activities that could take it closer to nuclear weapons.
Trump and other U.S. officials, including Tillerson, have said Iran is violating the spirit of the agreement because of its testing of ballistic missiles, threats to U.S. allies in the Middle East, and support for U.S.-designated terrorist organizations and Syria’s government.
The president has called the deal, which forced Iran to scale back its nuclear program in exchange for broad relief from international economic sanctions, one of the nation’s “worst and most one-sided transactions” ever. But many of his top national security aides don’t want to dismantle the deal, and America’s European allies have lobbied the Trump administration heavily not to walk away from the agreement.