US Lawmakers, European Nations Scramble to Save Iran Deal From Trump

US Lawmakers, European Nations Scramble to Save Iran Deal From Trump

However, they do not believe he will go beyond that and call for Congress to reinstate nuclear sanctions that were lifted as a result of the deal.

Top officials from Trump's national security team, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, have also confirmed that Iran has been technically compliant.

It said the reminder was triggered by "current events" but gave no details.

If Trump declines to certify the Iran deal, it would open a 60-day window in which USA congressional leaders could move quickly to reimpose sanctions on Tehran suspended under the agreement.

President Donald Trump's decision on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal could come on Friday, and experts say the "writing is on the wall" that the administration won't recertify the landmark agreement and he likely will turn his attention to getting European support on fixing it.

Johnson said the agreement - under which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions - "was the culmination of 13 years of painstaking diplomacy and has increased security, both in the region and in the UK".


Trump is expected to declare this week that Iran is not complying with the pact and to unveil a tough new strategy toward Iran. That declaration could lead to an unraveling of the seven-nation pact and leave the USA, not Iran, as the country that balked at honoring its commitments.

"This is the worst deal". Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at the same hearing that the deal is still in the US national security interest. Tom Cotton, would expand the US certification criteria to include items that are also the province of the United Nations nuclear watchdog and require the USA intelligence community to determine if Iran is carrying out illicit activity in facilities to which the International Atomic Energy Agency does not have access.

More than 180 House Democrats sent a letter to Trump last week calling on him to certify compliance unless he could produce "credible evidence of a material breach by Iran".

Rosenberg said decertification would effectively open a 60-day window for Congress to consider sanctions on Iran.

Drafts of two proposals seen by The Associated Press, one from Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker and one from committee member and deal critic Sen.

"I think I speak for a lot of us who opposed the agreement". "Once it was entered into, once it was implemented, we want to see it enforced".

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