Ahead of Trump's speech, White House outlines new US approach on Iran

According to a White House statement, the US administration's new approach toward Iran will focus on "neutralizing the government of Iran’s destabilizing influence." A spokesperson for the Iranian parliament warned of "global chaos" if the US withdraws from the nuclear deal.
Rouhani, Trump Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

US President Donald Trump is expected to deliver a speech later on Friday, outlining his administration's new approach toward the Iran nuclear deal.

Just hours prior to Trump's speech, the White House issued a statement saying that the new, "tougher" strategy will focus on "neutralizing the government of Iran’s destabilizing influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants."

We will work to deny the Iranian regime – and especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – funding for its malign activities, and oppose IRGC activities that extort the wealth of the Iranian people," the White House said. "We will counter threats to the United States and our allies from ballistic missiles and other asymmetric weapons."

Trump has called the 2015 agreement "an embarrassment" and "the worst deal ever made."

A spokesperson for the Iranian parliament said the US stance will lead to "global chaos," adding that the deal will not be able to last if the US withdraws from it.



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