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Trump Administration Moves to Confront Iran

Praise Pours in from Washington's Regional Allies

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16 Oct 2017 (All day)
Trump Administration Moves to Confront Iran
Fallout continued on Monday from an announcement made on Sunday by US President Donald Trump, that he will not certify Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA nuclear agreement, triggering a process of Congressional review which could potentially end with the re-imposition of sanctions on the Islamic Republic. This is something the clerical regime in Teheran has threatened would lead to abandoning the deal altogether. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, however, told journalists that the US is not withdrawing from the JCPOA at this time and that the Administration hopes that Congress will help find ways to improve it.

“The president has come to the conclusion that he cannot certify under INARA that the sanctions relief that was provided is proportionate to the effective benefit that we are seeing,” Tillerson said, adding that it is considered unlikely Iran will agree to simply re-negotiate the deal from scratch. “This is the pathway we think provides us the best platform to attempt to fix this deal.”

Opposition to the Administration’s position from Democrats in Congress was swift and fierce, but it garnered support from Washington’s regional allies.

Saudi Arabian leader King Salman reportedly called the White House on Saturday voicing strong support for the announcement, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also posted a video expressing his own support.

Here is the video of Trump’s speech announcing his decision



Here is the video of Netanyahu’s response to the announcement


 

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