Trump on Iran nuke accord: It's the 'worst deal. We got nothing'

Trump has called the accord "an embarrassment" and "the worst deal ever".

The US president told Fox News he would make his decision "very shortly" and some speculate it could come as soon as Friday.

Why does the deal need to be certified?

She noted that the global community, including the European Union and other United States allies, will continue to abide by the deal even if Trump chooses not to certify Iran's compliance, something which has been confirmed eight times by the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

This is not part of the deal itself, but a requirement that was put into place by Congress after they failed to ratify the agreement as a treaty.

"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.

"The president said he wanted to tear up the deal".

He has criticized the agreement's "sunset clauses", under which some restrictions on Iran's nuclear program would expire over time. If sanctions were reimposed, despite the International Atomic Energy Agency verifying eight times that Iran has lived up to its end of the deal, the United States would be in breach of its commitments.

Trump allies who oppose the deal have watched the president closely to see if he might buckle under pressure.

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Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week that Iran "is not in material breach of the agreement".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley have said the U.S. interprets the agreement differently than the other countries involved. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., would demand that the intelligence community produce judgments on a wide range of Iranian behavior that is not covered by the nuclear deal, including ballistic missile testing and development and threats to Israel and the Mideast more broadly.

Serious concern has been growing on the possible U.S. administration's withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal.

"That means that while the French and others are also interested in curbing Iran's destabilizing activities, they may be less likely to follow (the U.S.) lead at the risk of the agreement blowing up", the official said.

Notably, the committee's top Republican, Rep. Ed Royce, said the USA should adhere to the deal. Those against it, like the president, argue it should last longer and also ban things like Iranian missile tests and support for militants. "There will be absolutely no changes, no alterations, nothing done to the current framework". North Korea's leaders, meanwhile, would have little incentive to negotiate a nuclear disarmament if they see the Iran deal collapse, he said.

"There is no technical nor political space to renegotiate this deal", Federica Mogherini, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, told PBS Wednesday.

Engel said the United States would lose any leverage it has with allies in the deal if it abandons the JCPOA.

After Trump made clear three months ago he would not certify Iran's compliance with the deal, his advisers moved to give him options to consider, a senior administration official said. If any points of the agreement are violated by Iran, sanctions against the country will be renewed. "It doesn't try and do more. that needs to be understood and recognised in Washington".

As British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch said on September 25, "We would say, let's intensify the discussions [on how to deal with Iran's other activity], but let's keep the JCPOA".

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