Trump again blasts Iran nuke deal as de­ci­sion nears

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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.

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 reim­pose spe­cific sanc­tions on Tehran that were lifted be­cause of the diplo­matic pact.

Mean­while, Iran's in­tel­li­gence min­is­ter on Wed­nes­day de­fended a nu­clear ne­go­tia­tor im­pris­oned on spy­ing charges in a rare im­plied crit­i­cism of the ju­di­ciary.

Ab­dol­ra­soul Dorri Es­fa­hani, a Cana­dian-Ira­nian, was given a fiveyear prison sen­tence this month, with the ju­di­ciary say­ing he had pro­vided “information for for­eign­ers and had links with two es­pi­onage ser­vices”.

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