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Trump to announce Iran strategy Friday: White House

13 October, 2017, 00:31 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Ahead, we break down the implications of that decision and what could come next.

A Twitter feud that erupted this week between Trump and Corker could complicate the efforts by the influential Republican to broker a deal that would likely require both Democratic and Republican support.

"If we pass the message that with every change of administration in Washington or elsewhere deals are thrown away and renegotiated, no one would negotiate with any administration ever and any deal would be exposed to be renegotiated every term". The law was meant to give Congress an oversight role over the nuclear deal.

"As flawed as the deal is, I believe we must now enforce the hell out of it", said the California lawmaker.

"If it was up to me, I would have had them noncompliant 180 days ago", he told the Wall Street Journal shortly after certifying the deal in July. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley have said the U.S. interprets the agreement differently than the other countries involved.

Trump's speech will include a list of allegations of malign Iranian behaviour, focusing on its ballistic missile programme, its role propping up the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and its support for the Lebanese Shia militia, Hezbullah.

However, Trump is not expected to call on lawmakers to revive those sanctions.

President Trump's upcoming decision on how he will deal with the unsafe and flawed nuclear agreement is a moment for moral clarity and may be a defining moment of his presidency. If he does refuse to certify, Congress would have 60 days to decide whether to renew sanctions lifted in exchange for Iranian nuclear compliance. But that's something no one on Capitol Hill seems inclined to do.

Iran has already threatened the U.S. with dire consequences if it imposes sanctions against the country.

The White House is seeking to extend or eliminate the expiration date for so-called "sunset" provisions, which limit the amount of uranium Iran is allowed to enrich.

Notably, the committee's top Republican, Rep. Ed Royce, said the US should adhere to the deal.




"That's what we have to consider", said Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppelsburger, D-Md., the former top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. "Once it was entered into, once it was implemented, we want to see it enforced".

It's not clear whether America's European allies would go along with a renegotiation, either.

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy today urged the president not to decertify the Iran nuclear deal.

Watch Federica Mogherini's full interview with the NewsHour's Judy Woodruff on Wednesday.

Even so, some experts told CNBC that decertification will undermine the global deal and encourage hardliners in Tehran to push for nuclear weapons.

Why does U.S. President Donald Trump want to scrap it? That could include Iran pulling out of the deal as well and restarting uranium enrichment activities, or Iran could stay in the deal and try to drive a wedge between the USA and its allies.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., who held a hearing on Iranian threats on Wednesday, called the deal a failed "gamble" that Iran would become a responsible actor. He would not say whether he would be open to other changes, stressing new conditions might violate the deal.

The Europeans seem more inclined to try to "build" on the deal in this way.

But it could be hard to get both Iran and its ally, Russia, back to the table for a new round of talks.

US President Donald Trump's team now faces an October 15 deadline to tell Congress whether it will continue to certify that Iran is complying with the deal.

What exactly that will look like is still being determined, but it could include greater congressional oversight.

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