Trump administration plans to certify Iranian compliance with nuclear agreement

14 Jul 2017   Iran, USA

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a conference in Tehran on July 3. The Trump administration plans to certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear agreement. (Vahid Salemi/AP) The administration has decided for the second time since January to certify Iranian compliance with the nuclear agreement that President Trump has called a “disastrous” deal, according to U.S. and foreign officials. 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 Jim Mattis. Tillerson has statutory responsibility for certifying Iran’s compliance to Congress every 90 days, a deadline that falls next Monday. Some White House officials and lawmakers argued that Iran has breached the deal in several significant areas. But Tillerson and Mattis noted that international monitors and U.S. allies […]

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