Trump to announce Iran nuke deal decision 'very shortly'
Oct 13 2017
Speaking at a meeting of his cabinet, Rouhani warned Trump against taking such "hostile action", and suggested that even if the United States pulls out, Iran will uphold its side of the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), if it serves Iranian interests through continued economic ties with Europe, according to translated excerpts obtained by McClatchy.
"If the feeling is that the United States no longer supports the agreement, then the political reality is that the agreement will be in serious jeopardy and its implementation will be very hard", a senior French diplomat said. Under the deal, which started being implemented in January 2016, Iran undertakes to limit its nuclear activities and allow transparent worldwide control of its nuclear program.
Parsi goes on to note that a quick glimpse at those rallying behind Trump's efforts to kill the deal-from former US ambassador to the United NationsJohn Bolton and the hawkish Sen.
Representative Ed Royce, Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the Trump administration should preserve the deal to protect USA national security, even though he opposed the deal at the time.
She pointed to other global agreements that the U.S. has abandoned but the rest of the world has remained committed to, including the Paris Agreement on climate change, and said, "What will happen would simply be that the USA will contravene a UNSC resolution and the rest of the world will stick to it". Trump has twice certified the deal since he took office in January. "We got nothing", Trump told Fox News on Wednesday in reference to the 2015 accord negotiated with Iran by the United States and five other world powers.
Instead, these officials said Mr Trump is more inclined to throw the matter to Congress and push legislators to amend the law that requires the president to certify Iran's compliance every 90 days.
Former Obama administration officials who played central roles in brokering the Iran nuclear agreement briefed congressional Democrats later Wednesday on the merits of the global accord. If he does refuse to certify, Congress would have 60 days to decide whether to renew sanctions lifted in exchange for Iranian nuclear compliance.
Deutch said the danger of walking away from the agreement is that those expiration dates "would have effectively dropped from a decade to a day" because Iran would be freed of its obligations under the deal. He also wants to toughen language on ballistic missiles and inspections. "Once it was entered into, once it was implemented, we want to see it enforced".
Federica Mogherini, while talking to PBS TV channel, on Wednesday, highlighted Iran's full compliance with the 2015 deal.
Recently, Washington based European envoys, including EU Ambassador met with top senators to convince about the repercussions of withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal.
Beyond decertification, there are a number of ways the Trump administration could put pressure on Iran to come back to the negotiating table.
Second, Trump could call for greater non-nuclear sanctions on Iran as it seeks to punish the regime without violating the deal. But again, none of that is likely since the USA would be essentially tearing up the agreement and taking the blame for whatever comes next.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the document saying that it gives unilateral advantages to Iran.
The Europeans seem more inclined to try to "build" on the deal in this way.
If the USA chose to reimpose nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, it would be in breach of the JCPOA.