US to decertify Iran's compliance with 2015 nuclear deal: Trump

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/10/14 2:56:09

US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he had decided to decertify Iran's compliance with the landmark deal reached in 2015.

"I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification," Trump said at the White House as he unveiled a new Iran strategy of his administration.

The decertification would not pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal at the moment, but it would open a 60-day window in which US Congress could reimpose nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, a step which would mean the violation of the deal on the US side.

During his speech on Friday, Trump called the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into," and blamed Iran for committing "multiple violations of the agreement" and "not living up to the spirit of the deal."

His accusation of Iran's violation of the agreement appeared to contradict remarks by his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who had said earlier that under the JCPOA, the United States did not dispute that Iran was "under technical compliance."

The International Atomic Energy Agency, a UN watchdog tasked with monitoring Iran's nuclear activities, had in the past certified eight times Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal.

Trump also threatened that he may terminate the Iran nuclear deal, reached in 2015 between Iran and Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany in July 2015, "at any time."

According to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INRA) passed by US Congress in 2015, the Trump administration is required every 90 days to recertify to Congress Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal.

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