Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Dems who opposed Iran nuke deal urge Trump to keep pact

Dems who opposed Iran nuke deal urge Trump to keep pact

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Friday a new strategy for Iran that could include a first step toward the United States exiting the agreement.

If Congress does not act, however, it would leave the agreement in place.

Trump faces an October 15 deadline mandated by law to tell Congress if he believes Iran is complying with the nuclear accord and if it advances US interests.

If the US backs out of the nuclear deal, "it won't be our failure at all, but a failure for the other side", Rouhani said, according to state TV.

Releasing a written statement, Johnson said nuclear treaty with Iran eliminated nuclear threat posed by this country.

Johnson said the agreement - under which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions - "was the culmination of 13 years of painstaking diplomacy and has increased security, both in the region and in the UK".

Trump has called the deal forged during the Obama administration one of the nation's "worst and most one-sided transactions" ever and threatened during the presidential campaign to tear the pact up.

If he chooses not to certify, Trump would be defying the opinion of some of his top advisers, European countries and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week that Iran "is not in material breach of the agreement".

The Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committee said on Wednesday the global nuclear deal with Iran should be strictly enforced by Washington working with its allies, but did not call for an end to the agreement.

The agreement contains specific restrictions on Iran's nuclear program that will expire after predetermined periods of time.

Rosenberg said decertification would effectively open a 60-day window for Congress to consider sanctions on Iran.

In mid-July, the Post says, a "furious" Trump argued with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and others who said while the 2015 deal, brokered by former President Barack Obama, was not ideal, it offered stability. With many nations seemingly committed to at least trying to keep the deal going with or without United States involvement, they see pulling out as simply losing their seat at the table for enforcement of the pact.

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