Trump says he has decided to decertify Iran nuclear deal

Published: October 13, 2017
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US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on Friday in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal.

“Based on the factual record I have put forward, I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump said at a White House event as he unveiled a tougher strategy against Tehran.

Trump will also give the US Treasury Department broad authority to impose economic sanctions against people and entities in the Iranian military, the Iran Revolutionary Guard, in response to what Washington calls its efforts to destabilise and undermine its opponents in the Middle East.

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Trump’s decision to decertify the nuclear deal will not withdraw the United States from the agreement, formally known as the JCPOA,  which was negotiated by the US and other world powers during the administration of former president Barack Obama.

Trump will attempt to persuade the US Congress to approve some separate measures to toughen US policy toward Iran.

Tillerson acknowledged the strategy may not work.

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“What we are laying out here is this is the pathway we think provides us the best platform from which to attempt to fix this deal,” he said. “We may be unsuccessful. We may not be able to fix it. And if we’re not then we may end up out of the deal.”

Trump’s move will put Washington at odds with other signatories of the accord, which include Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, the European Union and Iran.

UK, Germany, France ‘stand committed’ to Iran deal

The leaders of Britain, France and Germany said they remain committed to the international nuclear deal with Iran after Trump refused to certify the agreement.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they “stand committed to its full implementation by all sides,” according to a joint statement released by May’s Downing Street office.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 13, 2017 - 11:45PM

    This guy will decertify every act and agreement mae by Obama administration, forcing the American congress to invoke eventualy article 25 of the constitution.

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  • Shah S
    Oct 14, 2017 - 12:34AM

    Do it…; Too much Talk and becoming a Loud Mouth ; Recommend

  • cuban
    Oct 14, 2017 - 1:44AM

    @Rex Minor: Republican’s aren’t happy with Trump – but impeachment isn’t going to happen over Iran. American public is fed up with a regime which promotes “death to America” rallies, test ballistic missiles, harasses USA navy in international waters, threatens to annihilate Israel, and supports Assad who uses chemical weapons on his own people. Trump may has his issues – but calling Iran out for it’s behavior isn’t one of them.Recommend

  • irfan
    Oct 14, 2017 - 8:17AM

    Mark my words…this man will bring fall of America.Recommend

  • jun
    Oct 14, 2017 - 8:38AM

    Infact we must celebrate.Iran don’t support us on Kashmir,and instead,knowing well our relationship with India,stabbed us with this Chabahar port,and even threaten us,so why we should be worried about Iran US relationship.Let go the drain the tax money of India and let let Modi be worried.Not us.It is our Dewali timeRecommend

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