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Posted October 13, 2017, 9:10 am CDT
President Donald Trump will reportedly refuse to certify Iran’s compliance with the international nuclear deal reached in 2015, even as he seeks to keep the agreement in place, for now.
By refusing to certify compliance, the issue goes to Congress, report the New York Times and the Washington Post. Lawmakers could decide to reimpose sanctions, which would “blow up the agreement,” according to the Times. But the administration will ask Congress instead to set “trigger points”—such as continued ballistic missile launches—that could result in additional sanctions in the future. The reports are based on anonymous sources.
“Trump’s compromise,” the Post reports, “gives at least temporary reprieve to an agreement that limits Iran’s nuclear activities and opened its economy to greater Western investment.”
Sen. Bob Corker, R.-Tenn., on Thursday released a plan that would resurrect sanctions if it appeared Iran could produce a nuclear weapon within a year or if it violated other restrictions.
Besides Iran and the United States, countries participating in the agreement are Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. Trump is required by law to certify compliance every 90 days; he will reportedly ask Congress to change the requirement.
The White House released this statement about Trump’s plan: “The United States’ new Iran strategy focuses on neutralizing the government of Iran’s destabilizing influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants. We will work to deny the Iranian regime—and especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)—funding for its malign activities, and oppose IRGC activities that extort the wealth of the Iranian people. We will counter threats to the United States and our allies from ballistic missiles and other asymmetric weapons.”
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