Trump's big moment approaches with Iran nuclear deal deadline

On October 15, US President Donald Trump will make his final decision on the Iran deal. It is expected to be thrown to the US Congress, which will choose whether or not to impose sanctions on Iran, though maybe not for its nuclear deal.
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Due to an October 15 deadline, US President Donald Trump is expected to appear before the US Congress this week and announce whether he will be decertifying the Iran nuclear deal, an announcement that has already caused widespread uproar and speculation.

A senior official in Trump's government claimed this week that the president is about to say for the first time since entering the White House that Iran is not fulfilling its side of the deal and that the agreement does not serve in the US’ interests - a declaration that could renew the sanctions and possibly break the agreement.

“In the nuclear negotiations and agreement, we reached issues and benefits that are not reversible. No one can turn that back, not Mr. Trump or anyone else,” said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who claims that not even Trump, who has called the agreement an “embarrassment” and “the worst deal ever negotiated” several times, will be able to withdraw from the deal. “Even if 10 other Trumps are created in the world, these are not reversible.”

In addition to Iran, Germany, Britain, France, China and Russia are also concerned about Trump and his administration’s hints, especially in light of the nuclear crisis with North Korea, which, like Iran, is developing nuclear missiles despite international condemnation.

If Trump does not ratify the agreement, the US Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to renew the sanctions despite evidence from UN officials claiming that Iran is in compliance with the terms of the agreement. Trump will be able to claim that Iran does not meet the "spirit" of the agreement after which Congress can impose sanctions not against Iran’s nuclear program but against its support of terrorism and missile development. Thus, the US will claim to have not withdrawn from the nuclear agreement.



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