Trump plans to start un­rav­el­ing Iran nu­clear pact, in­sid­ers say

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD -

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

Trump’s speech from the White House will out­line faults he finds in the 2015 ac­cord but will also fo­cus on an ar­ray of Iran’s trou­bling non-nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties, 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 ne­go­ti­ated over 18 months by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and de­ter­mine if it re­mains a na­tional se­cu­rity pri­or­ity.

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