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Dems who opposed Iran nuke deal urge Trump to keep pact

13 October 2017, 12:29 | Terri Saunders

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U.S. officials told CNN Trump was moving forward with his decision despite the assessment by the global community, which said Iran was maintaining its condtions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement.

Political observers have warned that any unilateral action by the United States based on unsupported claims of Iranian non-compliance would isolate Washington, impede future efforts for other nonproliferation agreements in the broader worldwide community and increase the likelihood of a wider conflict in the Middle East.

After a meeting in September, Mogherini, who helped broker the 2015 pact, pointed out that all of the countries who signed the deal - including the United States - have found Iran is in compliance with the agreement.

As Common Dreams reported Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that new sanctions or any other violation of the nuclear accord would effectively kill the deal and earn the USA condemnation from "the entire world".

Doing so has kept the U.S.in compliance with the accord, but because it's purely an issue of US law, decertification does not matter for the deal itself.

European officials have categorically ruled out renegotiating the deal, but have said they share Trump's concerns over Iran's destabilizing influence in the Middle East. Unilateral U.S. sanctions would entail stringent provisions applying to European Union companies that deal with Iran.

Engel said the U.S. must "live up to our word".

Two other USA officials, who also requested anonymity, said Trump's bellicose rhetoric on a number of fronts is troubling both many of his own aides and some of America's closest allies, a few of whom have asked US officials privately if Trump's real objective is attacking Iran's nuclear facilities. The Trump administration also wants to amend the deal to guarantee inspection of all potential nuclear sites, including military sites that Iran claims are not subject to the current agreement.

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As the legislative process grinds on with an eye to a January deadline by which the administration must decide whether to further extend sanctions relief to Iran, Mr Trump is also expected to instruct his national security team to step up pressure on the parties to the agreement to fix what he and deal opponents believe are its most serious deficiencies. "We may have to array our forces to prepare for. calibrated strikes".

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy today urged the president not to decertify the Iran nuclear deal.

"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.

European officials expressed relief that the White House speech did not appear to represent an U.S. abrogation of the 2015 deal, which they had intensively lobbied against since it became clear over recent months that Trump did not want to continue to certify the deal to Congress.

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But Iranian officials have already ruled out any renegotiation of the deal.

The Europeans seem more inclined to try to "build" on the deal in this way.

Making this worse, IAEA Director Amano made a stunning revelation in a late September Reuters interview that the IAEA is unable to verify Iran is implementing the JCPOA because it does not have the means to ensure that Tehran has not engaged in activities that "could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device". Many Democrats believe that is more likely to happen if Congress does not act to make changes to the existing agreement.



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