Trump expected to decertify Iran nuclear deal soon
- Author: Leroy Wright Oct 06, 2017,
Oct 06, 2017, 15:55
The White House press secretary said on Thursday that Trump would lay out a "comprehensive strategy" on Iran, supported by his national security team, over the coming days. All three have funded groups that sought to thwart the negotiations leading to the JCPOA, including Dubowitz's FDD, and have given generously to Trump.
As part of the landmark 2015 deal, Tehran agreed to curtail its nuclear activities in exchange for relief from worldwide sanctions.
The governments fear that a concerted effort to persuade Trump to continue to certify the deal may have failed and hence are now looking for other ways, The Guardian reports. 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". By making it Congress' problem.
Andrew C. McCarthy III, former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of NY, writes in his article for The National Review, that, "An aggressive sanctions regimen would punish not only Iran but governments and corporations that do business with Iran". Due to this, we have to put an end to Iran's continued aggression and nuclear ambition, he added. Trump has now done so twice, albeit extremely reluctantly.
The dinner followed a meeting where the senior military officials discussed, according to Trump, "challenges that we really should have taken care of a long time ago, like North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, ISIS, and the revisionist powers that threaten our interests all around the world".
This would not scrap the 2015 deal, but instead return it to Congress. Lawmakers would have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions that were suspended under the agreement. At the same time, the American leader does not plan to ask the Congress to resume the canceled sanctions against Iran.
The Trump Unwind is a further step to completed shred the legacy of Barack Hussein Obama's presidency. Some, such as Sen.
James Mattis, the defence secretary, told lawmakers on Tuesday that it is in the best interest of United States national security to remain in the deal.
In August 2016, Iranian news outlets reported that Esfahani, who reportedly worked as part of a team working to have sanctions on Iran lifted, had been detained by authorities.