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Trump Decertifies Iran Nuclear Agreement Raising Chance of Middle East Conflict

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President Donald Trump announced Friday he is will not recertify a nuclear arms deal involving Iran, United States and other world powers throwing peace in the Middle East in doubt. Trump said Iran has not been compliant with the agreement, an assertion disputed by U.S security experts.



Security experts believe Trump’s actions will isolate the U.S. from the rest of the world and help undermine confidence in Washington’s ability to abide by future agreements.

“We cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump said Friday from the White House. Calling the nuclear agreement “one of the worst and most one-sided deals” the US has ever made, the president added: “As I have said many times, the Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”

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The president stopped short of outrightly withdrawing from the deal, instead sending it back to Congress which has 60 days to reach a decision whether to reimpose sanctions or make changes to the legislation that covers U.S. participation in the deal.






“This is an international, multilateral deal that has been ratified by the UN Security Council. It is a UN document. Is it possible for a President to unilaterally decertify this deal? Apparently, he’s not in the know,” Rouhani said moments after Trump’s announcement.

Whatever will eventually happen to the agreement no one can say for sure, but one thing is certain – failure to certify the agreement has altered how the world sees the United States under President Donald Trump.

Experts say Trump’s strategy has put the deal in limbo and that has the potential to set off a chain of events with unpredictable consequences including raising the risk of a war between the United States and Iran.

Although major international organizations including International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), America’s European allies and even U.S. security and atomic energy experts say Tehran is complying with the 2015 deal agreed by former President Barack Obama and major world powers, Trump Friday accused Tehran of committing “multiple violations of the agreement.”






He accused Iran of failing to “meet our expectations in its operations of advanced centrifuges,” and intimidating international inspectors into not using their full authority. He also said the Obama administration lifted sanctions on Iran under the terms of the agreement prematurely, an assessment disproved by many experts.

The president announced that going forward his administration will no longer make regular certifications that the deal has been in the interest of the United States.

“We cannot and will not make this certification. We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout. I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons,” Trump said.




Trump threatened to unilaterally kill the deal if he does not get his way. “We cannot and will not make this certification. We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout,” he said. “I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons.”

A miffed Iran lambasted Trump’s decision calling it misguided. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani who has significant political stake in the survival of the deal, warned that it is an international agreement and Trump should not be able to kill it unilaterally.

“This is an international, multilateral deal that has been ratified by the UN Security Council. It is a UN document. Is it possible for a President to unilaterally decertify this deal? Apparently, he’s not in the know,” Rouhani said moments after Trump’s announcement.




The Iranian government threatened to also pull out of the agreement if the United States pulls out. Iran’s Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani told Russian news agency, TASS, that quitting the deal was a possibility.

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Speaking to reporters in St. Petersburg, Larijani said that should the U.S. decide not to implement the agreements reached by the international community, there will be nothing in the deal to fight for. “If they act like it, then there will be hardly anything left from this agreement. So a new issue will arise on the international arena,” Larijani said

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that any move by the U.S. to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal will have “very, very negative consequences” for the international community.

French President Emanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with Trump about the nuclear deal this week and told him in no uncertain terms that it will be a mistake to decertify the agreement.

 

 

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