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Iranian president warns Trump not to isolate United States

13 October 2017, 12:31 | Colleen Roy

Iran reduced its enriched Uranium stockpiles and centrifuges as part of the deal

Iran reduced its enriched Uranium stockpiles and centrifuges as part of the deal

However, with the agreement in place and strongly supported by co-signers Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, many Republicans who still abhor the pact nevertheless do not want to blow it up for fear that doing so would erode US credibility.

Trump will use an executive order to declare Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organisation. Joined by several Democrats, they almost passed legislation to kill the deal in which Iran agreed to curb its disputed nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Doing so has kept the U.S.in compliance with the accord, but because it's purely an issue of USA law, decertification does not matter for the deal itself.

"As flawed as the deal is, I believe we must enforce the hell out of it", Representative Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Wednesday.

In exchange, UN, US and European Union sanctions were to be gradually removed from Iran.

"We have different options and will choose the one that serves the interests of the country and the regime", Rouhani said. He called Trump's move to kick the deal to Congress a "trap" and "a tactic meant to reach the president's goal of tearing the deal apart". "We got nothing", Trump told Fox News on Wednesday in reference to the 2015 accord negotiated with Iran by the United States and five other world powers. "This is not the way of making deals, not in foreign policy, not in private businesses and I think [US] President [Donald] Trump understands that perfectly well", she said. It also reported the announcement would probably be Friday and that the administration doesn't want to scrap the deal entirely and proposed a legislative remedy.

Trump will also call on Congress to amend legislation that requires him to certify the agreement every 90 days, a source of political embarrassment as he has repeatedly denounced it as the "worst deal ever". Tom Cotton, R-Ark., would demand that the intelligence community produce judgments on a wide range of Iranian behavior that is not covered by the nuclear deal, including ballistic missile testing and development and threats to Israel and the Mideast more broadly.

Drafts of two proposals seen by The Associated Press, one from Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker and one from committee member and harsh deal critic Senator Tom Cotton, would expand the United States certification criteria to include items that are also the province of the UN nuclear watchdog and require the USA intelligence community to determine if Iran is carrying out illicit activity in facilities to which the International Atomic Energy Agency does not have access.




Watch Federica Mogherini's full interview with the NewsHour's Judy Woodruff on Wednesday.

Deutch said the danger of walking away from the agreement is that those expiration dates "would have effectively dropped from a decade to a day" because Iran would be freed of its obligations under the deal.

First, Congress could vote to snap sanctions back into place, or Trump could refuse to sign the next round of waivers for sanctions.

To win over some conservative Republicans and Iran hawks, Corker and other leaders are considering proposing sanctions on Iran's non-nuclear activities and broader inspections, particularly of Iranian military facilities.

Even Iranian hardliners who were originally opposed to the deal have joined former opponents who are fighting to remain.

But it could be hard to get both Iran and its ally, Russia, back to the table for a new round of talks.

The official said Trump has been telling foreign leaders and USA lawmakers that his refusal to certify the Iran deal would not blow it up. Many Democrats believe that is more likely to happen if Congress does not act to make changes to the existing agreement.



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