Trump re­sists pres­sure to soften stance on Iran nu­clear deal

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WASH­ING­TON: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump finds him­self un­der im­mense pres­sure as he con­sid­ers de­cer­ti­fy­ing the in­ter­na­tional nu­clear deal with Iran, a move that would ig­nore warn­ings from in­side and out­side his ad­min­is­tra­tion that to do so would risk un­der­min­ingU.S. cred­i­bil­ity.

Trump is ex­pected to un­veil a broad strat­egy on con­fronting Iran this week, likely on Fri­day. There was al­ways the chance he could still have a last-minute change of heart and cer­tify Iran’s com­pli­ance with the 2015 ac­cord, which he has called an “em­bar­rass­ment” and the “worst deal ever ne­go­ti­ated.” Se­nior U.S. of­fi­cials, Euro­pean al­lies and prom­i­nent U.S. law­mak­ers have told Trump that re­fus­ing to cer­tify the deal would leave the U.S. iso­lated, con­cede the diplo­matic high ground to Tehran, and ul­ti­mately risk the un­rav­el­ing of the agree­ment.

Signed by the United States, Bri­tain, France, Ger­many, Rus­sia, China, the Euro­pean Union and Iran, the deal re­lieved sanc­tions on Tehran in ex­change for giv­ing up its nu­clear weapons pro­gram.

Af­ter Trump made clear three months ago he would not cer­tify Iran’s com­pli­ance, his ad­vis­ers moved to give him op­tions to con­sider, a se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said.

“They came up with a plan that pro­tects the things they are con­cerned about but doesn’t re­cer­tify, which the pres­i­dent made clear he was not go­ing to do. That ship has sailed,” ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

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