Iran FM briefs parliament on Trump's threat to nuclear deal

13 October, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Ora Austin
  • President Trump reportedly wants to return the U.S. to the level of nuclear weapons stockpiled in the 1960s

Officials familiar with the internal deliberations as well as informed sources outside the administration say they expect Mr Trump to tell lawmakers that the Iran deal is not in the U.S. national security interest despite Iran's technical compliance.

"Today, those who support and oppose the JCPOA are united with a single voice", Rouhani said.

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, who pledged during his campaign to rip up the Iran deal, has recertified it twice since taking office in January and hates having to do so. There was always the chance he could still have a last-minute change of heart and certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 accord, which he has called an "embarrassment" and the "worst deal ever negotiated".

Lawmaker Behrouz Nemati warned in comments to IRNA that any new sanctions Trump imposes on the Revolutionary Guard "would mean sanctions against the entire Iranian nation". Engel, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, said unwinding the agreement would send a unsafe signal to allies and adversaries alike.

MoveOn.org is holding a "Stop a War With Iran" rally in front of the White House Thursday to declare that "diplomacy is working" and to "denounce Trump's decision to bring us closer to war".

"This is not a way of making deals, not in foreign policy, not in private businesses, and I think President Trump understands this perfectly well", she said.

Zarif also told lawmakers that Iran "will never renegotiate" the deal, according to a report on the semi-official Fars news agency.

Under the dumb option, Mr. Trump would decertify the JCPOA, remain in the agreement to fix it later and Congress would reimpose sanctions lifted under the nuclear agreement. French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed concern about Iran's ballistic missiles and the "sunset" provisions as well. "Once it was entered into, once it was implemented, we want to see it enforced".

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Iran has said it is open in principle to further discussions, particularly with Europe, but has said its missile programme is non-negotiable.

Federica Mogherini, while talking to PBS TV channel, on Wednesday, highlighted Iran's full compliance with the 2015 deal.

Beyond decertification, there are a number of ways the Trump administration could put pressure on Iran to come back to the negotiating table.

The US president will say the nuclear deal does not serve US national security interests, contradicting his defence secretary and top generals.

First, Congress could vote to snap sanctions back into place, or Trump could refuse to sign the next round of waivers for sanctions.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., who held a hearing on Iranian threats on Wednesday, called the deal a failed "gamble" that Iran would become a responsible actor.

Trump threatened during the presidential campaign to tear the pact up if he was elected. Instead, these officials said Trump is more inclined to push legislators to amend the law that requires the president to certify Iran's compliance every 90 days.

To win over some conservative Republicans and Iran hawks, Corker and other leaders are considering proposing sanctions on Iran's non-nuclear activities and broader inspections, particularly of Iranian military facilities.

What exactly that will look like is still being determined, but it could include greater congressional oversight.

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