Trump leaning toward decertifying Iran nuclear deal

"I declare before you that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be the first country to violate the agreement; but it will respond decisively and resolutely to its violation by any party", Rohani said without elaborating on Iran's likely response. "We will defend this document, this consensus, which was met with relief by the entire worldwide community and genuinely strengthened both regional and global security".

A Reuters report quoted Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East negotiator for both Democratic and Republican administrations as saying,"Neither of the biggest problems, North Korea and Iran, can be solved by an America First, Lone Ranger policy".

"We therefore are in no need of new conquests", he said. His selective understanding will irritate Beijing, as China's foreign ministry has long opposed any kind of military threat towards North Korea. The deal, for Iran, is not able to be renegotiated on different terms. And so therefore to be threatening to decertify Iranian compliance, as President Trump has done, flies in the face of the facts and, frankly, alienates us from our closest European allies and, frankly, gives worldwide opinion - pushes it in the direction of Iran, which is exactly what we don't want.

The July 14, 2015, accord aims, for a decade, to extend the amount of time it would theoretically take Iran to produce enough fissile material for an atomic bomb - called breakout time - from several months to a minimum of one year.

'So I think, as the President has always indicated, he will let you know when he thinks it's useful to let you know, and he doesn't share his forward planning with people.

"It clearly showed how seriously the United States government views North Korea's nuclear programme as the president spent an unusual amount of time discussing the issue", the presidential Blue House's statement said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on September 18 warned that the United States will pay a "high cost" if Trump scraps the deal. He described Mr. Trump's thinking as "very deliberative", saying he is studying if the deal serves the interests of the American people. For that reason, Beijing fears pushing Pyongyang further into isolation, knowing that a functioning nuclear-weapons state is the result.

In his tirade at the United Nations, the president said the accord is "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into". He also mentioned Iran's cyber activity and missile tests.

Rouhani's speech came a day after Trump, in his own address to the assembly, called the U.N. -backed Iran nuclear deal "an embarrassment" to the United States. It could continue to live up to its end of the bargain with the remaining five signatory countries and the EU, leading to a scenario in which major European powers would be working with Iran, not the USA, for the sake of global security.

The news comes after Trump suggested that Iran is not complying with the agreement while speaking to the United Nations General Assembly.

On Wednesday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Trump's speech indicated his unhappiness but not a decision to abandon the accord.

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