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Oct 15, 2017: Trump to certify to Congress whether Iran is in compliance with nuclear deal

UNITED STATES - President Donald Trump must certify to Congress whether Iran is in compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement, a deal that lifted a series of punishing economic sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.

Trump has described the agreement, negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama, as “the worst deal ever.”

If he decides that Iran is violating the agreement, Congress has 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions waived under the deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that America will pay a “high cost” if Trump makes good on his threats to scrap the agreement.

Iran has threatened to revert back to rapid uranium enrichment if the U.S. reneges on its end of the bargain.

After Trump sharply criticized the 2015 deal in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly meeting in September, Rouhani hit back in his own speech, making a thinly veiled reference to the Trump administration by stating, “it will be a great pity if this deal is destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics.”

Rouhani, who was re-elected by a popular vote to a second presidential term in May, was a key architect of the 2015 agreement – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – between the United States, Iran, and European and Asian powers.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, has said Iran is complying with its commitments under the deal, including inspections.

#22312 Published: 09/21/2017

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