President Trump plans to announce 'de-certification' of Iran nuclear deal

President Trump plans to announce 'de-certification' of Iran nuclear deal”

After huddling with military leaders to discuss Iran, North Korea and the Islamic State group on Thursday evening, Trump used a photo with military brass and their partners to make an ominous pronouncement.

A reporter asked, "What's the storm, Mr. President?"

Joe Biden, the former USA vice-president, said on Thursday that scrapping Iran's nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, will isolate the US rather than Iran. Opponents say it went too far in easing sanctions without requiring that Iran end its nuclear programme permanently. What storm? and in what part of the world? are the questions Trump's cryptic comment triggered.

The main objection of the Trump administration is to the deal's "sunset clause" - the lack of mechanism to deal with Iran's ballistic missile testing - and its support of violent terrorist organizations across the Middle East. USA sanctions and pressure against other countries left Iran with no choice but to develop its own nuclear-fuel program, which led Iran to develop indigenous mastery of the uranium process by 2003.

The White House did not immediately respond to a Reuters request to clarify Trump's remarks.

He also denounced Iran, saying the country should not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons, and offered another stark warning to North Korea's Kim Jong Un. It's still unclear, however, what the US decision on the Iran deal will entail. The administration, however, contends that Tehran has violated the "spirit" of the deal.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures expansively as President Donald Trump looks

The move would mark the first step in a process that could eventually result in the resumption of United States sanctions against Iran, potentially derailing a deal limiting Iran's nuclear activities reached in 2015 with the U.S. and Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation, the New York Times reported.

Officials cautioned that plans could still change, and the White House would not confirm plans for a speech or its contents.

Earlier, Trump issued a national security memorandum aimed at integration, sharing and use of national security threat actor information to protect Americans.

"He is looking for options that minimise the domestic political embarrassment of ultimately maintaining the deal", the official told the newspaper.

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.

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