After a series of threats, US President Donald Trump presented his administration’s new strategy regarding Iran. According to the president, “Iran isn’t living up to the spirit of the deal” and its “favorite chants are ‘death to America’ and ‘death to Israel.’” The issue is currently being handed over to Congress, which is expected to vote on the new sanctions.

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After several days of leaks and reports, US President Donald Trump gave a speech this evening (Friday) presenting a new strategy towards Iran. Despite reports concerning the US’s potential withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, which raised heavy suspicions among Western countries and led to intensive diplomatic actions regarding the issue, Trump did not announce a withdrawal from the deal, but rather stated that “Iran did isn’t living up to the spirit of the deal.” He also called for tighter supervision on the country’s nuclear sites and the option to impose sanctions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

“As President of the United States, my highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people,” Trump said opening his speech in the White House Briefing Room. “History has shown that the longer we ignore a threat, the more dangerous that threat becomes. For this reason, upon taking office, I’ve ordered a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran.”

Trump's White House speech

Trump’s White House speech Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

During his speech, Trump addressed the 1979 Islamic Revolution, called the regime “ruthless”, and noted that it has spread death, destruction and chaos throughout the world since that year. “The regime’s two favorite chants are ‘death to America’ and ‘death to Israel,’” Trump said, adding that the nuclear deal signed with Iran was “one of the worst deals” signed by the US.

“Iran is not living up to the spirit of the deal,” Trump stated, adding that the country may return to developing a nuclear weapon once the necessary supervision is complete. Trump noted that lifting the sanctions occurred before Iran proved that it was complying with the agreement’s terms and he then presented a number of steps that his administration intends to carry out against Iran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

“We cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump stated. “We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout. This is why I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons,” said Trump.

Finally, Trump declared that he may terminate the nuclear deal at any time and that “in the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated.”