Donald Trump Is In a Huff Over Iran

  • Donald Trump Is In a Huff Over Iran

Donald Trump Is In a Huff Over Iran

However, the State Department today said "Iran's other malign activities are serving to undercut whatever positive contributions to regional and worldwide peace and security were meant to emerge" from the nuclear deal.

The sanctions will target the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the elite component of the Armed Forces, Iranian officials and legal entities.

The administration also is asserting that Iran's development of ballistic missiles, support of terrorism and militancy, hostility toward Israel, complicity in atrocities by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, cyberattacks on the USA, and other actions "severely undermine the intent" of the nuclear accord.

USA president Donald Trump has been a critic of the nuclear deal with Iran, which he says was not tough enough. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared to suggest Monday that Iran may withdraw from the nuclear deal if the USA continues to sanction the regime and discourage Western investment, saying, "Iran has other options available, including withdrawing from the deal". He chose not to elaborate on the issue until the State Department's full statement regarding the Iran deal.

But the White House took pains to stress it was not going soft on Iran, pointing to new non-nuclear sanctions and stricter implementation of the deal.

Administration officials tell us that this recertification is pro forma, a congressionally mandated box-checking that buys the White House time to complete a comprehensive policy review.

"There are no communications between myself and Secretary Tillerson", he said. Saudi Arabia and Iran compete for influence in the Middle East, also supporting rival groups in Syria's civil war. Speaking in NY, he noted with regret that the US continues to create "more and more new" sanctions.

Trump had described it as "the worst deal ever" and accused Iran of continuing to back terrorism in the Middle East.

All of this is also a lesson to Western businesses hoping Iran will be a safe place to invest in the aftermath of the nuclear bargain.

Trump and Tillerson believe "these Iranian activities severely undermine the intent of the (agreement), which was to contribute to regional and global peace and security", one official said.

The administration had faced a midnight deadline to say whether Iran was complying.

The Trump administration last certified that Iran was in compliance with the nuclear agreement in April.

President Trump wants out of the Iran nuclear deal, but his advisors believe the time is not right, according to CBN Chief Political Correspondent David Brody.

He said he had no communication with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in stark contrast to his predecessor John Kerry, with whom Zarif negotiated the groundbreaking nuclear deal.

THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported last week that the White House had made a decision to recertify Iranian compliance with the terms of the 2015 deal negotiated between the Obama administration and the Iranian government (cumbersomely known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA).