Trump says Iran is violating the ‘spirit’ of Obama’s nuke deal but stops short of pulling out as he labels the country’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group and promises new sanctions.
President Donald Trump held off of terminating a nuclear agreement with Iran on Friday but said he would if fatal flaws are not fixed.
‘Iran is not living up to the spirit of the deal, ‘Trump said, skewering the country’s government as a ‘menace’ for its pursuit of ballistic missiles and its support for terror initiatives. Tehran may also be in cahoots with North Korea, he said.
Trump faced a Sunday deadline dictated by Congress for the administration to say that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear pact. ‘I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification,’ Trump said in a Diplomatic Room speech on Friday.
‘We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror, and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout,’ Trump stated.
He did not demand Congress re-impose nuclear sanctions that would effectively end the United State’s participation in the multi-nation agreement spearheaded by Barack Obama’s administration yet warned that he could use his authority to cancel the deal at any time.
Trump said his administration would be slapping Iran’s Revolutionary Guard with tough new punishing actions for terror financing, though. That activity is not regulated by the existing agreement.