By Adam Kredo
President Donald Trump will not certify Iran as in compliance with the landmark nuclear agreement, but will stop short of fully withdrawing the United States from the deal, according to senior Trump administration officials who told reporters Thursday evening that Tehran is about to be hit with a harsh new set of sanctions targeting its support for terrorism.
After weeks of debate and tense internal discussions, Trump has decided not to certify Iran as in compliance with the deal, a move that sets the stage for Iran to either renegotiate portions of the agreement or face increased congressional scrutiny.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a joint brief with White House National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, announced the president’s decision to decertify ahead of a Friday afternoon press conference in which Trump will spell out his intent to toughen restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities that were left untouched by the Obama administration as it negotiated the original Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Trump’s policy punts the issue to Congress, which will have to decide whether to reimpose a large set of nuclear sanctions that were lifted as part of the agreement. Such a move is likely to force Iran to walk away from …read more
Source:: Washington Free Beacon