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Trump to announce Iran strategy tomorrow: White House

Trump to announce Iran strategy tomorrow: White House

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

In anticipation of Trump's announcement this week, advocacy groups are beginning to mobilize in support of the agreement, and in opposition to Trump's reckless moves to undermine and dismantle it. He would not say whether he would be open to other changes, stressing new conditions might violate the deal. Joined by several Democrats, they almost passed legislation to kill the deal in which Iran agreed to curb its disputed nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

This is a dumber option because it is exactly what the Obama administration wanted and what Hillary Clinton would have pressed for if she had won the election: protecting the JCPOA by dropping the prospect of new sanctions, doing away with the certification requirement and answering criticism of the deal by engaging in endless talks with Iran and European diplomats to fix the agreement.

"The decertification is an essential first step to persuading the Europeans that the alternatives to fixing the deal could be President Trump's decision to abandon the deal", said Mark Dubowitz, CEO of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a nonpartisan policy institute. The agreement has been beneficial for Iran's economy, opening it to foreign markets and the worldwide financial system, said Ahmad Khalid Majidyar, who previously taught Middle East issues to US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military leaders at the Naval Postgraduate School's Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace program.

"That's what we have to consider", said Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppelsburger, D-Md., the former top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

A Twitter feud that erupted this week between Trump and Corker could complicate the efforts by the influential Republican to broker a deal that would likely require both Democratic and Republican support.

While the Trump administration has twice certified Iranian compliance with the deal in notifications to the US Congress under an American law, the White House has indicated that a third verification - due later this week - would not be offered.

Meanwhile, President Trump was elected on claims the deal isn't tough enough.

European allies have complained that the White House has not presented a plan on how to push back Iranian influence, particularly in Syria, where the Trump administration has insisted it did not want to get involved in the civil war, preferring to focus exclusively on fighting the Islamic State. He also wants to toughen language on ballistic missiles and inspections. "We may have to array our forces to prepare for. calibrated strikes".

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Watch Federica Mogherini's full interview with the NewsHour's Judy Woodruff on Wednesday.

The Foreign Office said Johnson also spoke to Zarif and will meet Ali Akhbar Salehi, Iran's vice president and head of its nuclear agency, in London on Wednesday.

Mogherini noted that the global community, including the European Union and other U.S. allies, will continue to abide by the deal even if Trump chooses not to certify Iran's compliance, something which has been confirmed eight times by the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The other signatories to the JCPOA - the UK, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran, have said it is not realistic to try to renegotiate its terms.

What happens if Trump decertifies the deal?

Trump threatened during the presidential campaign to tear the pact up if he was elected.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., who held a hearing on Iranian threats on Wednesday, called the deal a failed "gamble" that Iran would become a responsible actor.

If the US made a decision to reimpose nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, it would be in breach of the JCPOA.