Trump Strikes A Blow At Iran Nuclear Deal

| October 14 , 2017 , 15:36 IST

U.S. President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on Friday in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal and warning he might ultimately terminate it.

Accusing Iran of “not living up to the spirit” of the nuclear agreement Trump said his goal is to ensure Tehran never obtains a nuclear weapon.

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Trump announced the major shift in U.S. policy in a speech in which he detailed a more aggressive approach to Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its support for extremist groups in the Middle East.The US President accused Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps destabilizing actions in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

Trump’s remarks have drawn sharp criticism from the European allies, some of which have benefited economically from renewed trade with Iran. Israel, however, has praised his remarks.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused Trump of making baseless accusations and

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused Trump of making baseless accusations and said that Tehran was committed to the deal. “The Iranian nation has not and will never bow to any foreign pressure,” he said. “Iran and the deal are stronger than ever.”

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Yukiya Amano, director general of the U.N. atomic watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran was under the world’s “most robust nuclear verification regime and that the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA
are being implemented.”

While Trump did not pull the United States out of the agreement, he gave the U.S. Congress 60 days to decide whether to re-impose economic sanctions on Tehran that were lifted under the pact. If Congress decides to reimpose the sanctions, the United States would in effect be in violation of the terms of the nuclear deal.

Trump has also directed U.S. intelligence agencies to probe is Iran is be working with North Korea on its weapons programs.