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President Donald Trump mulls decertifying Iran nuclear deal

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by Joseph Earnest October 13, 2017




Trump will not certify Iran nuclear deal

President Donald Trump has announced that his administration will not certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement and deferred it to Congress to establish new conditions on the deal. He also announced new sanctions against Tehran unrelated to the nuclear deal, RT reported.

“I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump stated Friday. “Iran committed multiple violations of the agreement,” 

Newscast Media MOSCOWUnder the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed by the so-called P5+1 (permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), the European Union and Iran in 2015, Tehran agreed to provide assurances that its nuclear program would remain solely peaceful, in exchange for the gradual lifting of nuclear-related sanctions against the country.


The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 stipulates that the US president must confirm to the US Congress every 90 days that Tehran is adhering to the terms of the nuclear deal.

According to media reports, citing senior US administration officials, this Friday Trump is expected to refuse to "certify" Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal and propose a broad array of fresh restrictions on Tehran. If the president does refuse to certify Iran’s adherence to the accord, the Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to re-introduce sanctions.

The non-proliferation community warns that Trump’s possible endorsement to move away from the deal will jeopardize the existing balance as Iran is most likely to refuse to agree on a new agreement with tougher restrictions.

Some areas of Iran’s domestic and foreign policy, such as the ballistic missile program, the possibility of military intervention in Syria or Iraq, and support to armed groups such as Hezbollah, are not covered by the nuclear agreement, which is the reason why Trump has repeatedly slammed the Iran nuclear accord as the "worst deal ever negotiated".

Marc Finaud, the senior programme advisor and arms proliferation cluster leader with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GSCP), explained that if the aforementioned issues had been debated during the negotiations, the agreement would have never been reached. Moreover, there is no chance that Iran will agree to such limitations now.

    "Most experts agree that no 'better deal' could be achieved. No one, except the Trump administration and Israel, wishes to reopen the agreement because no one wants to upset the existing balance. Iran will certainly not agree to more obligation if the P5+1, five permanent members of the of the UN Security Council, namely China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, plus Germany, do not accept more concessions on their part," Finaud explained.

Peter Hayes, an honorary professor at the Center for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney and the director of the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, believes that Iran might agree to consider amending the existing deal in the event that the United States offers more benefits, which would be viewed as part of "a joint strategy to overcome the many nuclear and non-nuclear issues that divide them." Add Comments >>


 Source: Sputnik















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