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Trump may decertify landmark Iran nuclear deal

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis as he meets with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington DC AFP 2017 NICHOLAS KAMMTrump'Has No Case to Make on Iran's Non Compliance With Nuclear Deal
Andrew Cummings | 07 October, 2017, 00:42

President Donald Trump delivered a very cryptic message to reporters after meeting with US military leaders to discuss North Korea and Iran. When asked during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month whether or not he meant to remain committed to the Iran nuclear deal, Trump told reporters, "You'll see very soon".

Trump on Thursday accused Iran of supporting terrorism and exporting "violence and chaos across the Middle East".

The president is now deciding whether to decertify the Iran nuclear deal brokered by the Obama administration.

The president's advisors are "undoubtedly aware the president's choice will most likely undermine or end USA participation in the nuclear deal, split us from our European allies, reduce the constraints on Iran's nuclear programme, and reduce America's global credibility and negotiating power", says Emma Ashford of the Cato Institute, a U.S. libertarian think tank. If he argues that Iran is not in compliance, that could cause an American withdrawal from the global pact.

Trump is likely to announce his plans in a speech next week in which he will say the agreement was not in United States national interest, the officials said.

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During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Mattis was asked whether he believed it was now in the United States national security interest to remain in the agreement.

In a meeting with the military leaders, Trump emphasised that Iran must not be allowed to obtain the nuclear weapons.

If he fails to certify the accord, Congress will decide whether to re-impose economic sanctions on Iran.

After meeting with military officials, US President, Donald trump stated that now is the "calm before the storm", but did not tell any details.

But Trump would hold off on recommending Congress reimpose sanctions on Iran, The Washington Post reported, citing four unidentified people "familiar with aspects of the president's thinking".

The White House press office has not clarified the comment. If one of those next steps is to reinstitute sanctions on Iran, then the deal will be dead.

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