Sources: Trump Will 'Decertify' Iran Nuclear Deal
That will put its future in the hands of Congress
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2017 5:39 PM CDT
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President Donald Trump talks to reporters before getting into his vehicle at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport to go meet with victims and first responders of the mass shooting, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Word is President Trump will "decertify" the Iran nuclear deal next week, giving Congress 60 days to decide whether to stay in the agreement or void it by imposing new sanctions on Iran. Citing "people briefed" on the matter, the Washington Post reports Trump is expected to deliver a speech, possibly on Oct. 12, laying out his administration's new Iranian policy. CNN, whose sources include "two senior US officials," reports that policy would be to work within the framework of the nuclear deal, which limits Iran's nuclear activities, while attempting to strengthen it for the US. But Iran has said it's not interested in renegotiating the deal, and European leaders say they don't want to change the terms of the deal.

Germany, France, Britain, Russia, China, Iran, and even the US all agree Iran has held up its side of the nuclear deal. And on Tuesday Defense Secretary James Mattis said he believes it's "in our national security interest" to remain in the deal. But Trump campaigned on the nuclear deal being unfair to the US. The president is said to be weary of a tenet of the deal wherein he must go to Congress every 90 days to report whether Iran is complying with it and if it remains in the national interest of the US.

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