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What will happen if President Trump decertifies the Iran nuclear deal?

What will happen if President Trump decertifies the Iran nuclear deal?

Donald Trump is reported to be set to "decertify" the nuclear deal made with Iran in 2015.

Representative Eliot Engel, the committee's top Democrat, also voted against the deal at the time but said Wednesday that the U.S. must protect the agreement to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

Engel said the USA must "live up to our word".

On the other hand, some argue decertification and the possibility of US sanctions on Iran might win support from the Europeans.

"I expect President Trump will not certify it", said Elizabeth Rosenberg, an Iran expert at the Center for a New American Security, a progressive think tank.

Instead, the president will say his administration is willing to work with Congress and USA allies to fix the "flaws" in the agreement, and vow to impose more vigorous verification of Iranian compliance.

"As flawed as the deal is, I believe we must now enforce the hell out of it", Royce said.

She said that United States would lose global trust "because a deal that America voted for just two years ago in the UN Security Council with a resolution unanimously adopted, a deal that America helped to shape enormously, enormously, would be rejected by the same country".

What is the Iran nuclear deal? Former Secretary of State John Kerry, former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Wendy Sherman, the former undersecretary of state for political affairs, along with European ambassadors met behind closed doors with lawmakers. But he's changed his thinking.

While Iran and the other parties have said the deal is not open for renegotiation, at least one party, France, has signalled a willingness to explore additional arrangements to resolve the concerns.

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France, Germany and Britain, despite their opposition to Washington backing away from the deal, have told USA lawmakers that they could join discussions on constraining Iran's long-term nuclear ambitions, according to one congressional Democratic aide.

If Trump decides to decertify Iran's compliance, as expected, Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to "snap back" sanctions that were lifted in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program.

The White House was looking at a Friday announcement after scrapping a tentative plan for Thursday, according to a congressional source and a non-governmental source familiar with the matter.

Even Iranian hardliners who were originally opposed to the deal have joined former opponents who are fighting to remain.

The president has called the Obama administration agreement the worst deal ever. "That ship has sailed", according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. But again, none of that is likely since the USA would be essentially tearing up the agreement and taking the blame for whatever comes next. But many of his top national security aides don't want to dismantle the agreement, and America's European allies have lobbied the Trump administration and Congress to preserve the accord.

On Wednesday, H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, discussed Iran with the Republican chairmen of House of Representatives national security committees.

"We will see what happens pretty soon", said Trump, who must announce his decision on whether to certify Iran's compliance by the end of the week.

Every Republican in Congress opposed the global accord reached under Democratic former President Barack Obama two years ago. Among them were Reps. The IAEA certified in its latest quarterly report on August 31, 2017, that Iran has complied with the JCPOA and that its stock of low-enriched uranium and centrifuges for enrichment are in line with the nuclear pact.

Deutch said the danger of walking away from the agreement is that those expiration dates "would have effectively dropped from a decade to a day" because Iran would be freed of its obligations under the deal.

Before the agreement was signed in 2015, Iran was widely condemned by other world powers. "We thought it was the wrong decision", Cardin told reporters recently. "We may have to array our forces to prepare for. calibrated strikes".

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