President Trump on Friday angrily accused Iran of violating the spirit of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, accusing it of a long list of malign behavior, hitting its main military wing with terrorism sanctions, and refusing to recertify that Iran is adhering to the deal. But breaking with a campaign pledge to rip up the agreement, Trump said he wasn't yet ready to pull the US out or reimpose nuclear sanctions, the AP reports. Instead, he kicked the issue to Congress and other parties in the seven-nation accord, telling lawmakers to toughen the law that governs US participation and to fix a series of deficiencies in the agreement. Those include the expiration of several key restrictions under "sunset provisions" that begin to kick in in 2025, he said.
"Iran is under the control of a fanatical regime," Trump said in a White House speech, adding the nation has "spread death, destruction, and chaos all around the globe," per the Wall Street Journal. Now, without Trump's recertification, Congress has 60 days to decide what its next move is, including whether they'll reimpose sanctions on Iran. Trump warned without the fixes he wants, he'd likely pull the US out of the deal and snap previously lifted sanctions back into place. Without improvements, "the agreement will be terminated," he said in a White House speech. "It is under continuous review, and our participation can be canceled by me as president at any time." The Trump administration also plans to target Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps via sanctions and other measures, though it wasn't outright classified as a foreign terrorist group.
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