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Trump expected to decertify Iran nuclear deal

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President Donald Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the landmark international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a senior administration official said on Thursday, in a step that potentially could cause the 2015 accord to unravel.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump is also expected to roll out a broader U.S. strategy on Iran that would be more confrontational. The Trump administration has frequently criticized Iran’s conduct in the Middle East.

Trump, who has called the pact an “embarrassment” and “the worst deal ever negotiated,” has been weighing whether it serves U.S. security interests as he faces an Oct. 15 deadline for certifying that Iran is complying with its terms.

“We must not allow Iran … to obtain nuclear weapons,” Trump said during a meeting with military leaders at the White House on Thursday, adding:

“The Iranian regime supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed and chaos across the Middle East. That is why we must put an end to Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear ambitions. They have not lived up to the spirit of their agreement.”

Asked about his decision on whether to certify the landmark deal, Trump said: “You’ll be hearing about Iran very shortly.”

Supporters say its collapse could trigger a regional arms race and worsen Middle East tensions, while opponents say it went too far in easing sanctions without requiring that Iran end its nuclear program permanently.

Iranian authorities have repeatedly said Tehran would not be the first to violate the accord, under which Iran agreed to restrict its nuclear program in return for lifting most international sanctions that had crippled its economy.

If Trump declines to certify Iran’s compliance, U.S. congressional leaders would have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions on Tehran suspended under the agreement.

Whether Congress would be willing to reimpose sanctions is far from clear. While Republicans, and some Democrats, opposed the deal when it was approved in 2015, there is little obvious appetite in Congress for dealing with the Iran issue now.

23 Comments on "Trump expected to decertify Iran nuclear deal"

  1. Duncan Idaho on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 9:10 am 

    With Nuclear States all around them (Israel to the West, Pakistan to the East, Russia to the North, SA bases with US bombs to the South), seems like a rational move for Iran to just complete the process and builds one.
    And they have all that advanced missile technology.
    What could possibly go wrong?

  2. onlooker on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 9:12 am 

    Such a stupid move seems Trump wants a second N.Korea type situation on his hands

  3. TheNationalist on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 9:26 am 

    Has America lost it’s collective fucking mind?
    Sure looks thats way.
    Fuck the Jew Zionists and Fuck Washington!

  4. joe on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 9:48 am 

    The Saudis are visiting Russia to put the feelers out for a compromise deal to compensate Russia for stabbing Iran in the back. The global system won’t be able to tolerate 100 dollar oil that the Saudis need. Interest rates would spike again to 6%, putting and end to tight oil and a roaring return of the great recession. The reality is of course that the US is really fighting Israels battles because the alternative is mushroom clouds over the worlds oil supply. Such an outcome may be unavoidable.

  5. onlooker on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 10:31 am 

    Joe, not just the Saudis need 100 dollar oil but also the Shale US Oil companies. And no the world cannot tolerate for any extended period that price.

  6. Jean Paul Getty on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 10:36 am 

    Here’s how this headline reads to me:

    “If oil prices are going to go up. They will go up on the US’s terms.”

  7. Babtized on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 10:50 am 

    One fact that has held true, through the test of time. Robber Barrens (10%)er’s. have sense the beginning of capitalism/democratic system of governance. Have always wanted an idiot for president (red herring)so they can continue what they do rob.

  8. fmr-paultard on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 10:51 am 

    President Trump’s Accomplishments in life:

    Bling check
    Powa check
    P*ssy grabbed check

    Fame NOT check

    Please don’t grab that thing President Trump. Leave the guns alone. You will be the greatest president ever! Your statues will be everywhere.

    We need the bumpski to kill extremist supremacist tard nazi preachers. Supertards have lost the instinct to kill so the bumpski will have to do. Soon or later it will be tested at one of their confabs.

    I met a traveller from an America land
    Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert, shattered inscription – Tru .Near them on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command

  9. q on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 11:01 am 

    Without nukes will Iran end up like Iraq.

  10. Revi on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 12:03 pm 

    He hasn’t undermined Tillerson enough yet. He has to do it until T-Rex quits and he has screwed up yet another deal.

  11. deadlykillerbeaz on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 12:35 pm 

    The Iranian Airforce attacked ISIS for Christ’s sake. How stupid is this diplomacy business anywho?

    If the Great Pumpkin wants to have the US military exercise some preemptive strikes, send Eric Trump to the demilitarized zone on the Korean Peninsula. Send Donald Trump Jr to Syria to do some serious damage to ISIS.

    They’re both hunters, so they can fight the good fight.

    That will change things. Also, send Baron von Trump to North Korea to visit Kim Jong un and discuss some important international policies. They’re about the same height.

    Donald will be singing a different tune then.

    The nut is a dumbass if there ever was one.

    Jesus H. Christ on a Crutch, the guy has gone nuts.

  12. Anonymouse1 on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 1:28 pm 

    The entire ‘nuclear deal’ was a cham and a charade anyhow. Iran was never attempting to develop nuclear weapons in the first place. Besides, no one ever explains why Iran, that follows both the spirit and letter of the NNPT, is being endlessly harassed in this manner, by serial violators of both, the Jewnited Snakes and Israel.

    The entire facticle, reeks of malice and deliberate disinformation. Just another day at rooters ‘news’ service….

  13. JJHMAN on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 1:32 pm 

    Let me see if I have this right. We promised not to attack Libya if they gave up their nukes. then we saw Gaddafi getting tortured and murdered after US sanctioned bombing ended his regime. Then we negotiated with Iran for years to get a relatively clean non-proliferation commitment from them. Meanwhile North Korea scared to death of an attack by the US decides to build a bomb to protect their regime. Now we threaten NK to agree to our terms “or else”.

    So to encourage them we threaten to back out of the Iran agreement.

    Am I missing something?

  14. rockman on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 2:24 pm 

    Just a simple thought: if NK successfully develops a nuke that can sit on top of a ballistic missile. And Iran has functional ballistic missles. And Iran has mucho $BILLIONS that had been released to them as a result of the “deal”. And NK is desperate for revenue as a result of US sanctions with apparently China joining in. And NK can shield a few nukes in a freighter so they can’t be detected.

    Obviously everyone can see where this sequence is going. And there’s only one “if”…the rest are known realities.

    So what is the probability that Iran could be a nuclear power in the next 12 months? And how would the US respond if that came to pass? And how would such a situation be much different then with a NK with a nuclear strike capability? A capability to fry millions of Japanese in the same 20 minutes it would take Iran to fry the oil fields of one of the largest producers on the planet. And the US unable to prevent either possible by any other method short of a preemptive strike?

    As we saw during the Cold War the ability to launch a nuclear attack was as much if not a more powerful weapon then the nuke itself.

    Now there’s a new Tom Clancy novel for you. If he were still alive. LOL.

  15. peakyeast on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 2:46 pm 

    USA is just the VERY last country that should be talking about others “supporting terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed and chaos” – Especially concerning Iran.

    Those are all central to American foreign policy.

  16. J. H. Wyoming on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 2:48 pm 

    Trump only has one agenda; undue anything and everything Obama. O’s healthcare he’s undermining even if he can’t officially get rid of it, nixed DADA, Paris Accord out, Michelle’s improved school nutrition gone and now it’s time to check off Iran deal. If Obama had discovered a diamond mine that was used to help pay down the US debt – Trump would have claimed it was a tunnel to China and had it sealed.

  17. J. H. Wyoming on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 2:49 pm 

    Make that DACA not DADA.

  18. Shortend on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 3:00 pm 

    This Trumpet clown won’t be satisfied until he invades another nation state like the other nitwit, George W Bush.
    At the end of his term we shall face another financial meltdown the world has never seen nor will recover.
    Mission accomplished

  19. makati1 on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 5:45 pm 

    Peaky, the US is the most corrupt, hypocritical bunch of mafia thieves on the planet, bar none.

  20. makati1 on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 5:46 pm 

    Short, insanity rules in the beltway. The end will be a nuclear war and/or the US as a 3rd world country. There is not much time left.

  21. rockman on Sat, 7th Oct 2017 12:47 am 

    Wyoming – Small point: President Trump didn’t terminate DACA as I think I understand the situation. It expired on the schedule President Obama set. I think it expires every 2 years. What President Trump didn’t do is renew it with a presidential order as it has been done in the past. A presidential order which many R’s have been arguing for years is illegal.

    He then told Congress he wouldn’t act on deportation now giving them time to pass a law that took care of the Dreamers in a fair and equatable manner. Which is how it should have been done in the first place by President Obama especially when the D’s had control of Congress. As it has been argued: the POTUS does not have the authority to unilaterally set immigration policy. Given it might have ended up before the SCOTUS I suspect the D’s would like to avoid that given the current composition of the Court. Just my guess but that may be why President Obama structured his presidential order with an automatic “sunset” provision. If the SCOTUS were to rule against the presidential order it would have been the PO of whoever won the 2016 election and not President Obama. Just wild speculation on my part.

    Won’t guess exactly how Congress will handle the situation but I suspect the Dreamers will come out OK. The R’s have a lot riding on the 2018 election and will figure they don’t need to alienate the Hispanic vote anymore then it already is. Not sure if this was President Trump’s motives but if the Congress does pass a fair LAW taking care of the Dreamers the R’s will get credit for the PERMINENT solution for the situation. A PERMINENT solution not created by a D POTUS or D Congress.

    As usual only time will tell.

  22. Dredd on Sat, 7th Oct 2017 6:27 am 

    “Trump … deal”

    definition: something to break when you want attention

  23. TheNationalist on Sat, 7th Oct 2017 10:32 am 

    What’s the definition of a queer Jew?
    Someone that likes girls more than money

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