Trump To Decertify Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. President Donald Trump delivering a statement about the shooting at a Congressional Republicans baseball practice from the White House in Washington, U.S., June 14, 2017. Pix: Reuters

PRESIDENT Trump is announcing plans Friday to decertify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying it is no longer in the United States’ national security interest — while kicking a decision over whether to restore sanctions back to Congress.

“It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House.

He plans to deliver an address on Iran policy Friday afternoon.

Friday’s announcement, though, does not withdraw the United States from the Iran deal, something the president has called “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”

Speaking to reporters ahead of Trump’s speech, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the president will use the Congressional Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act to decertify the agreement, which was negotiated over 18 months by the Obama administration.

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Congress could then decide to restore sanctions, do nothing or make changes to the law.

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