The Trump Administration will impose new sanctions on Iran, and will “decertify” the Iran nuclear agreement, but stops short of scrapping it.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced a change in policy toward Iran, saying that country wasn’t “living up to the spirit,” of the 2015 nuclear agreement, and warning that “the agreement will be terminated” if the U.S. Congress and U.S. allies don’t “reach a solution.”
Decertifying the deal puts it back in the hands of Congress.
As noted by Reuters, “While Trump did not pull the United States out of the agreement, aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, he gave the U.S. Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran that were lifted under the pact.”
Trump also announced that the U.S. Treasury Department would have the power to hit Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp with sanctions.
Some top U.S. allies, including the U.K. and France, have opposed the move by Trump, as they say Iran is living up to the letter of the agreement. Among Trump’s top advisors, Secretary of State Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis also say Iran has lived up to the legal letter of the deal.
Watch Trump’s remarks below:
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