Germany to US: Call out Iran but Keep Nuclear Deal

By Friday, the president must either once again sign waivers on Iranian sanctions - and keep the nuclear accord alive - or refuse to sign, effectively terminating us participation in the agreement and setting off an worldwide crisis.

In October, Trump declined to certify that the agreement was in USA national security interests despite reports by the United Nations nuclear agency and others that Iran was abiding by the deal.

Both France and Britain, in part to remain in alliance with the U.S., have said Iran needs to sign fresh agreements over both issues. "IAEA has verified Iran's full compliance, but continuation will depend on full US compliance", he wrote. On the other hand, his national security team is reportedly urging the president to keep the nuclear accord alive or risk setting off an worldwide crisis and possible Iranian renewal of its nuclear weapons program.

At least six people familiar with the upcoming White House decision spoke to AP on the condition of anonymity.

If Trump did waive the sanctions, one official said, the administration would nevertheless impose new, targeted measure on Iranian businesses and people.

Jim Hanson is President of Security Studies Group and served in US Army Special Forces.

They are expected to advise that the US remain part of the nuclear agreement.

French President Emmanuel Macron called Trump on Thursday and stressed France's determination to see "the strict application of the deal and the importance of all the signatories to respect it".

"It is delivering on its main goal which means keeping the Iranian nuclear programme in check and under close surveillance", Mogherini said, adding that the International Atomic Energy Agency had shown in nine reports that Iran is meeting its commitments.

Supporters of the deal insist that strong worldwide monitoring will prevent Iran from developing nuclear bombs.

Instead, the President will have to make a decision before Friday - sign the waivers and keep the deal alive with no fix in sight, or put the violation and threaten an worldwide crisis. By October, his national security team realised, he had to be offered a decertification option.

Despite being outspoken in his criticism of U.S. foreign policy since President Donald Trump took office a year ago, Gabriel has also said the United States was right to address concerns about Iran's strategy in the Middle East.

But practically, Trump's position is unchanged from Obama's. He ordered Congress to "fix" that law back in October.

The push for new sanctions appears to have gained new life amid the recent wave of anti-regime protests in Iran and more specifically the Iranian government's harsh crackdown on demonstrators last week. The Congressional path was exclusively aimed at giving the appearance of a more deliberate process and a genuine effort by Trump to work with Congress. Here's what they had to say. The legislation is not complete, but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the Associated press on Friday that he was cautiously optimistic. "What I can tell you is that we have all received our instructions".

The White House said Trump had "underscored that Iran must stop its destabilizing activity in the region". The State Department is not now planning a rollout for the announcement on Friday. Iran has done nothing to earn this waiver and the president should make that clear in his announcement.

At a meeting hosted in Brussels by European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on January 11, European powers that helped to negotiate the accord were expected to reassure Iran that they remain committed to it.

Since entering office in January, he had a few times criticized Iran for alleged non-compliance with the agreement.

The assumption has been that the deal could, technically, stand if the US left.

  • Leroy Wright