Trump likely to say Iran complying with nuclear deal

A view of Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran

President Donald Trump reportedly plans to recertify Iranian compliance with the Iran nuclear deal - a pact he vowed to "dismantle" during his campaign.

On Tuesday, the administration must comply with a separate deadline, reporting to Congress on Iran's overall nuclear behavior and deciding whether to waive reinstituting sanctions that were part of the deal that went into effect in January 2016. A group of four leading Senate Iran hawks wrote a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of the certification deadline, urging him to make a change in policy, arguing that "U.S. interests would be best served by a sober accounting of Iran's JCPOA violations as well as the regime's aggressive and destabilizing behavior".

Zarif is also scheduled to attend a meeting of the US Council on Foreign Relations next Monday to discuss current developments in the Middle East with the think tank's president, Richard Haass. "This is one of the worst deals ever made by any country in history", Trump said in September at a presidential debate.

Trump's administration certified the deal in April.

"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) proved that followers of the policy of pressure have finally realized its inefficiency, therefore, the USA should also reconsider its approach towards the agreement", Iran's IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying in NY.

Iran denies seeking nuclear arms.

"The global accord successfully blocked Iran's paths to a nuclear weapon and has greatly strengthened the security of the United States and our allies", the letter stated.

Zarif noted that Iran's expectation at the current stage was to see the compliance of all sides of the agreement to the deal, something which has been violated by the United States, according to Zarif. It belongs to the global community, to the United Nations system.



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