President Trump will “decertify” the Iran nuclear deal next week and announce it is not in the national interest of the United States, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
Such an announcement would leave the next move up to Congress, which would have 60 days to use a fast-track process to reimpose sanctions and deliver a potentially fatal blow to the deal.
Trump faces an October 15 to tell Congress whether Iran remains in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal that gave Tehran billions of dollars of sanctions relief in exchange for it curbing its nuclear program.
The deadline is part of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which also says the president must tell Congress whether suspension of sanctions remains vital to the national security interests of the United States.
According to the Post, which cited “people briefed on the emerging White House strategy,” Trump has tentatively scheduled an Oct. 12 speech to lay out a larger Iran strategy that would open the door to modifying the agreement but hold off on recommending Congress reimpose sanctions.
The Post’s sources cautioned that plans are not fully set and could change. The White House would not confirm the speech or its contents, the Post said.
Trump has repeatedly bashed the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He’s called it “an embarrassment” and throughout the presidential campaign threatened to tear it up.
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