Nuclear Weapons Experts Warn Trump Against Abandoning Iran Deal


The Islamic Republic of Iran's pursuit of ballistic missiles and continued support for designated terrorist organizations violates the spirit of the 2015 nuclear deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in London Thursday.

Sources familiar with the matter stressed that the wider US policy toward Iran, and whether to preserve the deal that gave Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program, has yet to be decided.

"In the case of Iran, there have been some news stories about Israel's purported position on the nuclear deal with Iran".

The unsigned memo was written by Richard Goldberg, a former Republican congressional aide who has long advocated tough action against Iran.

Under the law, these sanctions can be waived for a maximum of 120 days, forcing the USA government to revisit the issue every four months.

The three former Obama administration officials also said the deal is nearly impossible to renegotiate unless the US could give Iran some new concessions or incentives, an idea Trump seems to oppose. Several officials and people close to the matter have described Trump as determined to "decertify" Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal at that point - a finding that would jeopardize the entire agreement.

Bakhtiar said the Europeans do not want to be part of the U.S. game and be blamed for its collapse, urging them to pool their efforts to make the USA remain committed to the deal.

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IAEA Director-General Yukia Amano defends the verification regime as the "most robust" being conducted anywhere today and insists that military sites are not off-limits.

"The Iran deal is not a fair deal to this country". That would very likely shift the focus to Tehran - and to Congress, which could move to impose new sanctions on Iran.

"We have never agreed with anybody to let inspectors visit our military sites", Iranian state media quoted him as saying.

Nauert did not specify which sanctions the administration had waived. "Establishing a credible threat of a total US financial embargo in-waiting would enhance USA diplomatic leverage to curb Iranian illicit behavior and allow for a period of further evaluation at the end of the next 90-day period".

The U.S. still maintains numerous sanctions against Iran over its ballistic-missile program and as a state sponsor of terrorism. The White House has yet to publicly announce a decision on what it will do, while a vocal campaign - including by top former Obama administration officials - has been calling on the president to stay in the deal.

Colin Kahl, who served as the national security adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden, told reporters in a teleconference on Wednesday that unilateral US sanctions would be opposed by European allies and would not have the same impact as those introduced with global support before the 2015 deal. In exchange for Tehran rolling back its atomic program, the USA and other world powers agreed to suspend wide-ranging oil, trade and financial penalties that had choked the Iranian economy.

"You can't achieve 125 percent of this deal with 80 percent - or 90 percent even - of the leverage we had before, so you would have to bring other things to the table, not just pressure".