Trump to ‘decertify’ Iran nuclear deal over regional aggression, missile testing



( President Donald Trump will outline a plan to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, but stop short of pulling the United States out of the landmark international agreement by asking Congress to decide on its future.

According to the White House, Trump’s strategy “focuses on neutralizing the government of Iran’s destabilizing influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants.”

The Iranian nuclear program's heavy water reactor near Arak. Credit: Nanking2012 via Wikimedia Commons.

Under the 2015 deal, which was negotiated along with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China, the Trump administration must certify every 90 days whether it believes Iran is in compliance with the agreement. While international nuclear inspectors and U.S. intelligence agencies say that Iran has been in compliance, the Trump administration has argued that Tehran violated the spirit of the deal through ballistic missile testing and its regional aggression.

The Trump administration has been working with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to come up with a plan for legislation that would set new conditions for U.S. participation, reports indicate. 

According to The New York Times, the Trump administration is asking Congress to establish “trigger points” which would prompt the U.S. to reimpose sanctions. This could include continued ballistic missile launches by Iran, a refusal by Iran to extend constraints on its nuclear fuel production or intelligence that Iran could produce a nuclear weapon in less than a year.

However, it’s unclear whether there’s a desire in Europe to revisit the deal and address Iran’s ballistic missile program and support for terror groups such as the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who has lobbied the Trump administration to stay in the deal, impressed to Trump her government’s “strong commitment to the deal alongside our European partners.” 

Posted on October 13, 2017 .