Trump to bash Iran on other is­sues in de­cer­ti­fy­ing deal

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - NATION/POLITICS -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump plans to de­liver a broad and harsh cri­tique of Iran in a speech to­day declar­ing the land­mark Iran nu­clear deal is not in Amer­ica’s na­tional se­cu­rity in­ter­ests, ac­cord­ing to U.S. of­fi­cials and out­side ad­vis­ers to the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Trump’s speech from the White House will out­line spe­cific faults he finds in the 2015 ac­cord but also will fo­cus on an ar­ray of Iran’s trou­bling non-nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties, four of­fi­cials and ad­vis­ers said. Those in­clude Tehran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram, sup­port for Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad, Le­banon’s Hezbol­lah move­ment and other groups that desta­bi­lize the re­gion.

Un­der U.S. law, Trump faces a Sun­day dead­line to no­tify Congress whether Iran is com­ply­ing with the ac­cord that was painstak­ingly ne­go­ti­ated over 18 months by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and de­ter­mine if it re­mains a na­tional se­cu­rity pri­or­ity. Although Trump in­tends to say Iran is liv­ing up to the let­ter of the agree­ment, he will make the case that the deal is fa­tally flawed and that its non-nu­clear be­hav­ior vi­o­lates the spirit of the re­gional sta­bil­ity it was in­tended to en­cour­age, the of­fi­cials and ad­vis­ers said.

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