Trump Will Decertify Iran Nuclear Agreement, Opening Door to Additional Sanctions


Donald Trump will announce next week that he will "decertify" the Iran nuclear deal because it is not in the national interest of the United States, it was reported on Thursday night.

Trump has been weighing whether the pact, which he has called an 'embarrassment, ' serves US security interests as he faces an October 15 deadline for certifying that Iran is complying with it. Reuters reported, citing an unnamed senior administration official, that Trump's announcement will be part of his rollout of the White House's broader strategy for Iran. The Trump administration has frequently criticised Iran's conduct in the Middle East.

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Ambassadors of European Union nations in Washington confirmed their plans to meet meet with U.S. senators to discuss Iran nuclear agreement.

Even if the president takes that step, it would fall short of scrapping the accord because the White House would kick the deal to Congress to decide whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran. It said the U.S. president will push to aggressively modify the nuclear agreement without recommending new sanctions. During a speech at the United Nations last month, Trump blasted Iran for funding terrorism, among other things, and called the nuclear deal an "embarrassment". A National Security Council spokesman, Michael A. Anton, merely said, "The administration looks forward to sharing details of our Iran strategy at the appropriate time". Trump is weighing a strategy that could allow more aggressive US responses to Iran's forces, its Shi'ite Muslim proxies in Iraq and Syria and its support for militant groups.