Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump Still Hates the Iran Deal, But He's Stuck With It

Trump Still Hates the Iran Deal, But He's Stuck With It

The administration is reportedly likely to once again grudgingly recertify Iran's compliance, meaning the nuclear-related sanctions relief will continue.

He made the remarks upon his arrival to NY, while he was questioned by reporters about his reaction to the news that Trump administration is going to verify, for the second time, Iran's adherence to the nuclear deal.

The decision followed what several officials characterized as heated internal debate that culminated at a principals committee last week in a clash between a number of White House officials and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Zarif is also scheduled to attend a meeting of the US Council on Foreign Relations next Monday to discuss current developments in the Middle East with the think tank's president, Richard Haass.

As a candidate and president, Trump said he would re-examine and possibly abandon the Iran nuclear deal signed under President Barack Obama.

The administration first certified Iranian compliance in April.

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Conservative opinion magazine The Weekly Standard was the first to report the news Thursday, citing four unnamed sources.

"The global accord successfully blocked Iran's paths to a nuclear weapon and has greatly strengthened the security of the United States and our allies", the letter stated.

Under U.S. law, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days of Iran's compliance with the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"Those who pressurized Iran saw that the measures would not result in what they sought, and finally found out that the agreement is the best achievement they could ever reach", Zarif told reporters at the airport.

Zarif noted that Iran's expectation at the current stage was to see the compliance of all sides of the agreement to the deal, something which has been violated by the U.S., according to Zarif. "We respect that. But we also have the duty to make it clear that the nuclear deal doesn't belong to one country".

"This deal belongs to the worldwide community, having been endorsed by the United Nations Security Council, that expects all sides to keep the commitments they took two years ago", she added.

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