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13 October 2017, 12:33 | Simon Arnold
Nuclear experts said during the campaign that Trump was not trustworthy to command the nation's nuclear arsenal
Mogherini noted that the global community, including the European Union and other U.S. allies, will continue to abide by the deal even if Trump chooses not to certify Iran's compliance, something which has been confirmed eight times by the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
If Trump announces the decertification of the Iran nuclear deal, Congress will reportedly have 60 days to re-impose economic sanctions against Iran that were withdrawn following the 2015 agreement.
The Republicans were dead against the nuclear deal in the Congress in the run-up to it suggesting that the deal did not do enough to wring further concessions from Iran in terms of its support to groups opposed to US ally Israel, its military programme, etc. Mr. Trump has always termed it "a bad deal" giving few specifics on why his administration thinks so. Many will not even discuss what congressional debate might follow if Trump decertifies, instead focusing the arguments for certification.
Two other USA officials, who also requested anonymity, said Trump's bellicose rhetoric on a number of fronts is troubling both many of his own aides and some of America's closest allies, a few of whom have asked US officials privately if Trump's real objective is attacking Iran's nuclear facilities.
Serious concern has been growing on the possible USA administration's withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal.
"We have different options and will choose the one that serves the interests of the country and the regime", Rouhani said. The Trump administration also wants to amend the deal to guarantee inspection of all potential nuclear sites, including military sites that Iran claims are not subject to the current agreement.
The agency quotes Zarif as saying that if the United States acts against the deal, Iran will offer a "tougher response".
The move, which some expect will come on Friday, could leave the United States on the opposite side of many European allies and, ultimately, unravel the agreement negotiated under President Barack Obama's administration.
Why does the deal need to be certified?
"Once it was entered into, once it was implemented, we want to see it enforced".
Drafts of two proposals seen by The Associated Press, one from Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker and one from committee member and harsh deal critic Senator Tom Cotton, would expand the United States certification criteria to include items that are also the province of the UN 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.
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. 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.
Trump is CREATING A CRISIS if he decertifies. He also is expected to target the country's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard with new sanctions.
First, Congress could vote to snap sanctions back into place, or Trump could refuse to sign the next round of waivers for sanctions.
House Democrats met earlier in the day with former secretary of state John Kerry and former energy secretary Ernest Moniz, who were the primary negotiators of the deal made between Iran and six world powers. But again, none of that is likely since the US would be essentially tearing up the agreement and taking the blame for whatever comes next.
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