President Donald Trump will soon decertify the landmark international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program. A senior administration official said earlier this week, Trump will review Iran’s activities in the Middle East.
Trump labelled the pact as an “embarrassment”. He was weighing whether the pact serves the U.S. security interests, as he faces on the October 15 deadline for certifying that Iran is complying with it.
Trump has continuously condemned the pact. It was a foreign policy signed by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. It was signed in 2015 by Unites States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, the European Union, and Iran.
According to authorities, Trump will roll out a broader and stringent U.S. strategy on Iran. The Trump administration has frequently disapproved of Iran’s demeanor in the Middle East.
If the President declines to certify Iran’s compliance, the U.S. congressional leaders would have 60 days to decide whether to impose sanctions on Tehran. Tehran is currently suspended under the agreement.
However, reports state that Trump will decertify the deal.
Trump’s fellow Republicans who control the Congress have been cynical of the deal while other powers that signed, openly support it.
Supporters say, the collapsed deal might trigger regional arms race and ruin Middle East tensions. Opponents say, it went too far in easing sanctions without requiring Iran to end its nuclear program permanently.
Jim Mattis, Trump’s defense secretary, addressed the Senate on October 3. The United States should consider staying in the deal unless it were proven, Tehran was not abiding by it or that was not in the U.S. national interest to do so.
Iran’s foreign minister said, Tehran may abandon the deal if Washington decides to withdraw from it.
“European countries would do their utmost to preserve it,” a senior European Union diplomat added.
The Trump administration said, “We are fully committed to addressing the totality of Iranian threats and malign activities. We seek to bring about a change in the Iranian regime’s behavior.”
The officials stated, the behavior includes ballistic missiles proliferation, support for terrorism, and unrestrained hostility to Israel, threatening freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf, cyber-attacks against the U.S., human right abuses and arbitrary detentions of U.S. citizens.