Trump expected to 'decertify' nuke deal with Iran

Marie Harrington
October 7, 2017

Iran, which was also reportedly a topic of discussion between the President and military officials, has been under diplomatic attack from the USA recently over the 2015 Nuclear Agreement.

"We must not allow Iran.to obtain nuclear weapons", Trump said.

It was argued that Trump would probably make a speech on Middle East on October 12th and declare a more comprehensive Iranian plan.

Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had said previously that Iran was complying with its obligations under the nuclear deal, but had increased its activity in other areas.

The president's advisors are "undoubtedly aware the president's choice will most likely undermine or end United States participation in the nuclear deal, split us from our European allies, reduce the constraints on Iran's nuclear programme, and reduce America's global credibility and negotiating power", says Emma Ashford of the Cato Institute, a USA libertarian think tank.

Earlier on Tuesday, the U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis had openly contradicted Trump's position on the Iran nuclear deal, while testifying before the Congress, by backing the nuclear deal with Iran and saying it is in the interests of national security to maintain it.

He may well fly in the face of advice from some of his closest advisers, declaring Iran is not in compliance and leaving the pact's fate in the hands of the Republican-controlled Congress.

Regarding North Korea, Trump said military officials are prepared to provide him "a broad range of military options, when needed, at a much faster pace".

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The President made the foreboding message to reporters who had been called at the last minute to document a dinner he was hosting at the White House for military leaders and their spouses.

The deadline to re-certify the deal is October 15, but officials told CNN the president intends de-certify, meaning the issue would go to Congress.

"Iran? ISIS? What storm, Mr. President?" a reporter asked.

The agreement was concluded in 2015, to stop Iran's nuclear program.

He asked the press: "You know what that means?"

His answer? "You'll find out".

"Maybe it's the calm before the storm", POTUS replied.

The White House did not immediately respond to a Reuters request to clarify Trump's remarks.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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