De­ci­sion on Iran com­ing ‘very shortly’: Trump

The Western Star - - Obituaries / World -

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump says he will “very shortly” an­nounce his de­ci­sion on U.S. par­tic­i­pa­tion in the land­mark 2015 nu­clear deal with Iran, as aides pre­pared for an end-ofthe-week roll­out.

Trump has un­til Sun­day to no­tify Congress whether Iran re­mains in com­pli­ance with the ac­cord un­der which it limited its atomic pro­gram in ex­change for sanc­tions re­lief. A con­gres­sional source and a non­govern­men­tal source fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said the White House was look­ing at a Fri­day an­nounce­ment af­ter scrap­ping a ten­ta­tive plan for Thurs­day.

Speak­ing at the White House on Wed­nes­day, Trump did not dis­cuss spe­cific tim­ing but told re­porters: “You’re go­ing to see very soon. We will be an­nounc­ing that very shortly.”

Of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with the in­ter­nal de­lib­er­a­tions as well as in­formed sources out­side the ad­min­is­tra­tion say they ex­pect Trump to tell law­mak­ers that the Iran deal is not in the U.S. na­tional se­cu­rity in­ter­est de­spite Iran’s tech­ni­cal com­pli­ance. How­ever, they do not be­lieve he will go be­yond that and call for Congress to re­in­state nu­clear sanc­tions that were lifted as a re­sult of the deal.

In­stead, th­ese of­fi­cials said 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. Even more than the ac­tual deal, Trump de­tests the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ment, which forces him to sign off ev­ery three months on an ac­cord he has called the worst deal ever ne­go­ti­ated by Amer­ica, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cials.

Iran, mean­while, warned of a tough re­sponse if Trump presses ahead with his threats to scut­tle the land­mark nu­clear deal.

For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif told law­mak­ers dur­ing a closed ses­sion of par­lia­ment that Iran “will never rene­go­ti­ate” the deal bro­kered with the U.S. and five other world pow­ers, the semi-of­fi­cial Fars news agency re­ported.

Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani told a Cabi­net meet­ing that Trump’s speech will make clear “which is the re­bel­lious govern­ment, and which is the side that vi­o­lates in­ter­na­tional rules.”

While Iran and the other par­ties have said the deal is not open for rene­go­ti­a­tion, at least one party, France, has sig­nalled a will­ing­ness to ex­plore ad­di­tional ar­range­ments to re­solve the con­cerns. Iran has said it is open in prin­ci­ple to fur­ther dis­cus­sions, par­tic­u­larly with Europe, but has said its mis­sile pro­gram is non-ne­go­tiable.



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