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Friday, 13 October 2017 05:05

Analysis: Trump backs away from Iran deal but doesn't break it

Written by  USA Today

 

President Trump, who has called the Iran nuclear agreement the “worst deal ever,” has found a way to distance himself from it symbolically without causing an immediate rupture with Iran or U.S. allies who want to keep the accord in place.

Trump plans to announce Friday his refusal to re-certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 agreement, which prevents Iran from trying to develop nuclear weapons for at least a decade in exchange for relief from international economic sanctions.

But Trump will not ask Congress to re-impose sanctions right away, a move that could prompt Iran to back out of the deal and resume its nuclear development program —much to the dismay of other world powers who signed onto the deal along with the U.S.

Congress requires the president to certify Iran's compliance with the agreement every three months. Despite Trump's refusal to do so this time, there are many reasons why Congress may be unwilling to take punitive action against Iran on its own.

For one thing, U.N. inspectors say Iran is in compliance, and there may be little appetite for a new crisis involving nuclear weapons on top of the mounting tensions with North Korea' over its nuclear program.

In addition, the deal has strong support among businesses eager to sign deals with oil-rich Iran.

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