US lawmakers urge Trump to stay in Iran deal on eve of decision

12 Oct 2017   Iran, USA

US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would soon reveal his strategy toward Iran and that he alone would decide on it, despite disagreement among his top advisers. Earlier Wednesday, Republican and Democratic leaders of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee urged Trump against abandoning the Iran nuclear deal. Trump is widely expected to make a speech Thursday laying out a new Iran strategy and decertifying the country’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. The agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action gave Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curtailing its nuclear program. Representative Ed Royce, Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the Trump administration should preserve the deal to protect US national security, even though he opposed the deal at the time. “As flawed as the deal is, I believe we must now enforce the hell out of it,” Royce said. “Let’s work […]

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