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Trump to announce Iran nuke deal decision 'very shortly'

13 October 2017
Trump to announce Iran nuke deal decision 'very shortly'

President Donald Trump finds himself under vast pressure as he considers de-certifying the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran, a move that would ignore warnings from inside and outside his administration that to do so would risk undermining us credibility. Many believe Gaddafi gave up too much in the nuclear agreement and was undermined in the process, noted Anthony Cordesman, a military strategy consultant with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Senior U.S. officials, European allies and prominent U.S. lawmakers have told Trump that refusing to certify the deal would leave the U.S. isolated, concede the diplomatic high ground to Tehran, and ultimately risk the unraveling of the agreement. Under the deal, which started being implemented in January 2016, Iran undertakes to limit its nuclear activities and allow transparent worldwide control of its nuclear program. Iran has always insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and denies it has aimed to build an atomic bomb. Tillerson is expected to reach out to other members of Congress in coming days to brief them on the administration's intentions on the nuclear deal.

"He's not walking away from it".

"At 12:45 tomorrow, the president will deliver remarks announcing the strategy to the country", said White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Recently, Washington based European envoys, including EU Ambassador met with top senators to convince about the repercussions of withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal.

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

Trump has certified the deal twice, once in April and once in July, although he has said he did not want to do it.

"The message that America would send to the rest of the world is that America can not be trusted upon, because a deal that America voted for just two years ago in the U.N. Security Council with a resolution unanimously adopted, a deal that America helped to shape enormously, enormously, would be rejected by the same country", Mogherini told PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff on Wednesday from European Union headquarters in Brussels.

Engel said the United States must "live up to our word".

If, as expected, Trump "decertifies" the nuclear agreement this week, Congress will then have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

"Somehow Iran has become kind of now the victim, not the pariah state it used to be seen as by many outside forces", said Majidyar, who is director of a project called IranObserved at the Middle East Institute.

Making this worse, IAEA Director Amano made a stunning revelation in a late September Reuters interview that the IAEA is unable to verify Iran is implementing the JCPOA because it does not have the means to ensure that Tehran has not engaged in activities that "could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device".

British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron both spoke to Trump this week to express their concerns about the potential decision not to recertify the Iran deal.

The agency quotes Zarif as saying that if the United States acts against the deal, Iran will offer a "tougher response".

Trump faces an October 15 deadline mandated by law to tell Congress if he believes Iran is complying with the nuclear accord and if it advances USA interests.

He said Iran didn't want to see the deal unravel but that "much more is at stake for the entire worldwide community than the national interests of Iran".

"At the end of the day, though, everyone recognizes that he's the decider".