If Trump Won't Certify the Nuke Deal, He Should Do This Instead

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Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel expressed concern while talking to reporters in Berlin on Monday.

Iran and the P5+1 group of global mediators (Russia, the United Kingdom, China, the United States, France and Germany) signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program in July 2015 in Vienna.

Trump, who has called the 2015 pact agreed between Iran and six world powers an "embarrassment," is expected to announce that he will decertify the deal ahead of an October 15 deadline, a senior administration official said last week. The nuclear accord with Iran was implemented in January 2016. Iran should no longer be seen as in compliance with the accord, Trump is expected to say. United States officials insist this will not sink the deal itself but open the way for Congress to possibly develop new measures to punish other aspects of Iran's behaviour. This wouldn't pull the US out of the deal immediately, but would force Congress to decided whether to impose sanctions on the country within 60 days.

Iran's statements mirror those of the U.S., with President Donald Trump having recently accused the Islamic Republic of supporting terrorism. Congress could then re-impose crippling sanctions, which will make the agreement collapse.

Since the historic deal went into effect, the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic's compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA.

With fanatical dictators like those in control of North Korea and Iran, we can not rely on containment and deterrence as acceptable policies to prevent them from using nuclear weapons, as we have done for years with the Soviet Union (and now Russia) and China. Instead, Cotton has put forward a plan that would take advantage of the 60-day period during which Congress can vote on such a measure, so that the White House could build consensus among American allies regarding the need for stronger action on Iran's nuclear ambitions and other behaviors. "We have been at odds with the United States for about 40 years now and have managed to survive despite conflicts".

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He added that treating Iran as if it was developing nuclear weapons would result in "nothing" good.

As soon as USA hawks and Iranian hard-liners attack the deal's integrity, the moderates fire back.

Iran and the five permanent members of the Security Council: the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany had signed the nuclear deal on July 14, 2015. "This runs counter to the view of all the European countries that participated in the deal as well as the EU".

It is anticipated he will decline to certify Tehran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal and may designate the IRGC a terrorist organization, slapping it with sanctions. It would also alienate the Chinese, who not only want to preserve the Iran deal but are also essential to resolving the North Korean stand-off.

In congressional testimony last month, Mattis and General Joseph Dunford Jr, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, reaffirmed their qualified support for the Iran deal. She has said she believes Iran has continued to secretly move ahead with efforts to develop nuclear capability.

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