Trump Says He's Decided on Iran Nuclear Deal

But he isn't saying what that decision is
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2017 3:16 PM CDT
Trump Says He's Decided on Iran Nuclear Deal
President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A day after calling the Iran nuclear deal an "embarrassment" and "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions" in US history, President Trump says he's made a decision on the future of the deal. But he wouldn't say what that decision is, ABC News reports. "I have decided," Trump told reporters Wednesday. "I'll let you know what the decision is." The Iran nuclear deal was done under President Obama and allows Iran to have limited nuclear development in exchange for easing of sanctions on the country. Gen. John Hyten, the top general in US Strategic Command, says Iran is upholding its part of the bargain. “The facts are that Iran is operating under the agreements the we signed up for," the Hill quotes Hyten as saying Wednesday.

In his own speech to the UN on Wednesday, Hassan Rouhani called Trump's Tuesday speech to the international body—in which the American president labeled Iran a "murderous regime"—"ignorant, absurd, and hateful," the Washington Post reports. The Iranian president didn't mention Trump by name, instead referring to him as a "rogue newcomer to the world of politics." Rouhani said Iran is seeking peace and won't be the first to leave the nuclear deal. He later told reporters Iran doesn't expect the US to back out of the deal either, according to Reuters. “We don’t think Trump will walk out of the deal despite (his) rhetoric and propaganda,” Rouhani said. (More Iran stories.)

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