March 20 2018

Donald Trump talks of 'calm before storm'

March 20 2018, 11:33 | Ann Lamb

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While he has already recertified Iran's compliance with the deal twice since taking office, Trump now faces an October 15 deadline to decide whether he will say Tehran is abiding by the terms of the agreement.

The agreement "represents only a small part of the many issues that we need to deal with when it comes to the Iran relationship", he told reporters Wednesday.

"The maximum point of leverage to address Iran's nefarious activities is now, before his expected bad decision", the aide said on condition of anonymity. "Not the E-3, nor the rest of the 28" members of the European Union.

Mr. Trump has made a point of saying that he will not telegraph military operations, in the Middle East or East Asia.

He said the U.S. should consider staying in the deal unless it were proven that Tehran was not abiding by it or that it was not in the United States national interest to do so.

Nothing will happen immediately, as the decision would be punted to Congress.

In particular, Tillerson has raised the issue of the deal's so-called "sunset provisions" where limits on Iran's nuclear program expire. What do we say?

This will prompt a 60-day congressional review period to consider the next steps for the United States, which, along with five other states, signed onto the accord.

However, he suggested the accord might be salvageable if the other partners - France, Germany, China, Russia and the United Kingdom - remained on board.

All the ministers had argued that the deal was created to address issues exclusively related to Iran's nuclear program, according to several diplomats who attended the meeting. "It would be a big crisis".

But it was equally plausible that the president was merely being theatrical, using the backdrop of senior military leaders, bedecked with medals and ribbons, to stir up some mischief. But a formal decision has yet to be made. If they decide to do so, they would effectively dismantle the deal. "Staffers tell us that nothing is decided".

"We're never going to say in advance what the president's going to do", Sanders said when first asked about the storm comment. Iranians want "both God and the sugar dates".

Speaking late Thursday, Trump said Iran has "not lived up to the spirit" of the agreement. Tom Cotton declared in a recent speech to the Council On Foreign Relations. On a basic level, it will signal that the United States is not a reliable negotiating partner.

Radio Free Asia reported that Sherman, who coordinated North Korea policy during the Clinton administration, is reportedly among a handful of former US government officials who could meet with a North Korean official in Moscow later this month.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which the Nobel committee rewarded for its efforts to consign the atomic bomb to history, was a key player in the treaty's adoption by 122 countries at the United Nations in July.

Such comments infuriate the Europeans. "Iran is not in material breach of the agreement, and I do believe".

President Trump has had several meetings with military officials to discuss North Korea. "Everyone's looking at options", the diplomat said. The 60-day, expedited "snapback" provision in USA law was created to punish Iran quickly in the event it violated the deal and did not envision that the United States would breach it.

Trump has long railed against the deal reached by his predecessor, Barack Obama, with Iran to curb its nuclear work.

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