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Friday, 13 October 2017 05:10

Trump to de-certify Iran nuclear deal

Written by  USA Today

WASHINGTON - President Trump plans to take a first step Friday toward gutting the Iran nuclear agreement, though aides said he is willing to consider an additional deal that would pressure Tehran to prove it has given up the means to make nuclear weapons.

While Trump will formally announce his decision to decertify the multinational agreement, he will also ask Congress not to re-impose economic sanctions right away; instead, he will call for new requirements on Iran in an effort to "fix" the agreement he has long criticized, said officials speaking on condition of anonymity pending the president's formal remarks.

"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 statement that was part of a "fact sheet" supplied by the White House.

Trump faced a Sunday deadline to certify that Iran is compliance of the 2015 agreement, a step that is required every 90 days. A decision to decertify would come despite officials saying Iran has "technically" held up its end of the bargain.

The U.S. signed the agreement in along with Russia, China, Germany, France and Great Britain. The European signatories have have urged Trump to re-certify it, and questioned whether Iran would go along with any new provisions.

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