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

15 July, 2017, 00:10 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • A view of Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran

More than three dozen former U.S. generals and admirals have written a letter to President Donald Trump in support of the Iranian nuclear deal, highlighting the success of the agreement and the Islamic Republic's compliance with the terms, as Tehran argues that the policy is inefficient.

Trump has a congressionally mandated deadline of Monday to decide.

Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that he would "tear up" the Obama-era agreement, which he and other Republicans say did not go far enough in dismantling Iran's nuclear program.

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.

According to Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi, the top Iranian diplomat is also scheduled to sit down with scholars and officials from different countries on the sidelines of the conference.

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


Iran denies seeking nuclear arms.

While lifting nuclear-linked sanctions, the United States maintains sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile programme, human rights record and what Washington charges is its support for worldwide terrorism.

As part of the deal, the U.S. State Department is required to update Congress on Iran's compliance every 90 days.

"The worst deal I think I've ever seen negotiated that you started is the Iran deal".

Zarif added that while in NY, he would meet cultural figures, experts from think tanks and other institutes, and those influential in public opinion to explain to the worldwide community the issues that have resulted in instability of the Middle East and have put the allied countries in front of each other.

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