Trump says Iran breaking 'spirit' of nuclear deal

Iran to IAEA: No, You May Not Visit Our Military Sites

The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of new measures that block sales of commercial aircraft to Iran, ignoring some lawmakers' warnings that the hostile move would undermine the 2015 nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers.

However, there is little chance that the other parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action would agree to the changes, and virtually no chance of Iran's agreement.

However, later in the day, Trump derided the deal as "one of the worst" he'd ever seen.

And you will encounter this kind of thing on social media today.

There's also another possibility: that the Trump administration will continue to waive sanctions against Iran, and then decertify.

Those remarks have led to intense speculation over what may transpire if Trump willfully attempts to unravel the deal, despite the assessment of IAEA investigators and America's own intelligence community that the Iranians are holding up their end of the bargain. "They have violated so many different elements, but they've also violated the spirit of that deal".

"More than 80 nuclear-nonproliferation experts signed a letter to the Trump administration Wednesday, urging him to stay in the Iran agreement, which they called "effective and verifiable" and an "important success", the full implementation of which is critical to worldwide peace and security".




This was a key objection voiced by Israel in 2015 when it publicly opposed Obama's deal with Iran.

Iran rejects that it has broken the agreement. The U.S. Mission to the United Nations responded in a statement that "of course, she and her team discussed the content with the White House" and through the "interagency" process. Obama called the deal's critics war mongers.

The document, which has been circulating on Capitol Hill and in the White House, says the president should declare to Congress next month that the deal was no longer in the national security interest of the United States. He added: "There have been all kinds of ideas for how it can be strengthened". "France doesn't support the reopening of the deal. Let's think of a strategy for how some of its shortcomings can be remedied". The revisions would include changes to the duration of limits on Iran's uranium enrichment capacity, greater constraints on its ballistic missile development, and greater access for global inspectors to Iran's military sites. Congress would have 60 days to debate whether to re-impose those sanctions. Trump has criticized the deal, but some of his top advisers believe he should preserve it.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the deal, but has yet to pull out of it. He added that any negotiations to further restrict Iran ought to include "possible positive inducements" for Iran.

Sources familiar with the matter stressed that the wider US policy toward Iran, and whether to preserve the deal that gave Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program, has yet to be decided.

The Treasury Department announced sanctions against 11 entities and individuals involved in cyberattacks by Iranian actors. "That is why it wants to persuade [the European partners] to follow suit", he said.

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