Trump Set To Deliver Iran Policy State On October 13
RFE/RL October 12, 2017
The White House says President Donald Trump will make his long-awaited announcement on U.S. policy toward Iran on October 13, including whether to decertify the 2015 nuclear accord signed with Tehran by the United States and other world powers.
The Trump administration on October 12 said the announcement would be made at 12:45 p.m. Washington time.
Trump is widely expected to say he will decertify the nuclear accord on the grounds that it is not in the national interest of the United States.
The agreement between Iran and six world powers -- the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia -- put limits on Iran's nuclear program in return for the easing of economic sanctions.
Trump has repeatedly denounced the deal, which was signed under President Barack Obama, and told the UN General Assembly last month that it was "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into."
Media reports have said the president will announce he will decertify the deal by an October 15 deadline, a move that would give the Republican-controlled Congress 60 days to decide whether to reinstate sanctions on Tehran that were suspended under the agreement.
It is not clear how a potential U.S. withdrawal from the deal would affect the overall accord with Tehran or how the other signees would act.
Trump and other administration officials have repeatedly said that, while the Iranians may be complying with actual terms of the pact, they have not acted in the "spirit" of the accord, including by continuing to test-launch ballistic missiles and rockets capable of carrying nuclear warheads and by meddling in the affairs of its Middle East neighbors.
Under U.S. law, the administration is required every 120 days to recertify that Iran is in compliance with the deal and that it remains in the U.S. national interest. The Trump administration has twice in the past certified that Iran is complying.
Tehran says its nuclear program is intended solely for peaceful purposes, including power generation.
Most Democrats and some Republicans, including members of Trump's national security team, have expressed concerns about pulling out of the accord, saying it could hurt U.S. credibility on the world stage.
With reporting by AP, Reuters, AFP, and dpa
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