Trump again blasts Iran deal

DAN­GER­OUS IN­TEN­TIONS De­ci­sion to de­cer­tify the deal inked by Pres­i­dent Obama would leave it at grave risk

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Agen­cies let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

WASH­ING­TON: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump again dis­missed the Iran nu­clear ac­cord as “ter­ri­ble” for Amer­ica, as he pre­pares to an­nounce a key de­ci­sion on whether to cer­tify Iran’s com­pli­ance with it.

“This is the worst deal. We got noth­ing,” Trump told Fox News, in ref­er­ence to the 2015 ac­cord ne­go­ti­ated with Iran by the United States and five other world pow­ers.

It gave Iran sanc­tions re­lief in ex­change for curbs on its nu­clear pro­gram in a bid to pre­vent it from de­vel­op­ing nu­clear weapons. “We did it out of weak­ness when, ac­tu­ally, we have great strength,” said Trump.

“We will see what hap­pens pretty soon,” said Trump, who must an­nounce his de­ci­sion on whether to cer­tify Iran’s com­pli­ance by the end of the week.

Ev­ery 90 days, the pres­i­dent has to no­tify Con­gress as to whether he be­lieves Iran is com­ply­ing with the ac­cord and if the lift­ing of sanc­tions is in the in­ter­est of the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

So far Trump has cer­ti­fied the ac­cord but said the next dead­line on Sun­day is the cru­cial one.

Sev­eral US of­fi­cials have said Trump might this time choose not cer­tify the ac­cord. If he chooses not to cer­tify, Trump would be de­fy­ing the opin­ion of some of his top ad­vis­ers, Euro­pean coun­tries and the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency.

A de­ci­sion by Trump to de­cer­tify the deal would leave it at grave risk, with the US Con­gress hav­ing 60 days to de­cide whether to re-im­pose spe­cific sanc­tions on Tehran that were lifted be­cause of the diplo­matic pact.

‘NO PLANS TO BOOST SIZE OF NU­CLEAR ARSE­NAL’

The Pen­tagon has no cur­rent plans to in­crease the size of the US nu­clear arse­nal.

In fact, it can barely sus­tain the ex­ist­ing force, which is decades old and is in some re­spects al­most de­crepit.

The arse­nal is far from be­ing in the “per­fect shape” that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Wed­nes­day he wants to see un­der his watch. That is why the govern­ment is plan­ning to spend hun­dreds of bil­lions of dol­lars on “mod­ern­iza­tion.”

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