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Some Democrats who opposed Iran nuke deal now want it upheld

13 October 2017

In separate phone conversations with the Iranian top diplomat on Wednesday night, Mogherini and Gabriel stressed that all parties to the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers need to fulfil their obligations under the global agreement. It is expected that Trump will make the decision concerning the United States withdrawal from the agreement by the end of this week.

There was always the chance he could still have a last-minute change of heart and certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 accord, which he has called an "embarrassment" and the "worst deal ever negotiated".

Trump, who has been sharply critical of Iran and accused Tehran of working with North Korea on lethal weapons, faces an October 15 deadline on whether to certify to Congress that Iran is compliance with the terms of the nuclear agreement. It also reported the announcement would probably be Friday and that the administration doesn't want to scrap the deal entirely and proposed a legislative remedy.

Instead, these officials said Mr Trump is more inclined to throw the matter to Congress and push legislators to amend the law that requires the president to certify Iran's compliance every 90 days.

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To win over some conservative Republicans and Iran hawks, Corker and other leaders are considering proposing sanctions on Iran's non-nuclear activities and broader inspections, particularly of Iranian military facilities. "They could race headlong toward a nuclear bomb, hold all of the benefits of sanctions relief, and continue fomenting instability across the region".

The EU foreign policy chief says Washington's possible withdrawal from the Iran deal will send a message to the global community that the United States is not trustworthy when it comes to deal making.

Political observers have warned that any unilateral action by the United States based on unsupported claims of Iranian non-compliance would isolate Washington, impede future efforts for other nonproliferation agreements in the broader worldwide community and increase the likelihood of a wider conflict in the Middle East.

One of the officials said that like the heated rhetoric with North Korea on its nuclear program, the Iran discussion has vexed White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "who have tried to advise the President that there are significant risks in the course he'd prefer to pursue". Sherman said if the deal is renounced, Iran gets to keep all the money and also is freed from the restraints imposed by the agreement. "That ship has sailed", according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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European officials expressed relief that the White House speech did not appear to represent an United States abrogation of the 2015 deal, which they had intensively lobbied against since it became clear over recent months that Trump did not want to continue to certify the deal to Congress.

On Wednesday, H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, discussed Iran with the Republican chairmen of House of Representatives national security committees. The route Mr. Trump wants to take to do so is by de-certifying the deal, which he may do next week.

The agreement contains specific restrictions on Iran's nuclear program that will expire after predetermined periods of time. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., would demand that the intelligence community produce judgments on a wide range of Iranian behavior that is not covered by the nuclear deal, including ballistic missile testing and development and threats to Israel and the Mideast more broadly.

Ahead, we break down the implications of that decision and what could come next. Even Iran hawks who are close to Trump, like Sen.

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The other signatories to the JCPOA - the UK, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran, have said it is not realistic to try to renegotiate its terms. "We may have to array our forces to prepare for. calibrated strikes".

Some Democrats who opposed Iran nuke deal now want it upheld