Mideast Daily News

Trump Certifies Iranian Compliance with Nuclear Deal Rather than “Tearing it Up”

By Michael Friedson | The Media Line

April 19, 2017

Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally against the Iran nuclear deal in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC, on September 9, 2015. (Photo:NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Although during the campaign candidate Trump fueled speculation that as president he would “tear up” the Iranian nuclear deal, “the worst deal ever,” his administration instead certified that Tehran has so far complied with terms of the agreement. The president has, however, ordered the National Security Council to direct an inter-agency review of the deal in order to determine whether “suspension of sanctions…is vital to national security interests.” But opponents of the deal have warned that the most disturbing aspect of the pact is that Iran can honor the agreement and still end up with nuclear weapons. Fearing a Trump suspension of the agreement, Iranian leaders have warned that if any terms are breached by the United States, it will immediately return to nuclear weapons research. Defense Secretary James Mattis has verified that Iran is still a major state sponsor of terror, and stokes the conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Iraq in addition to providing support for Lebanon-based Hizbullah.


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