Iran FM briefs parliament on Trump's threat to nuclear deal

Nuclear experts said during the campaign that Trump was not trustworthy to command the nation's nuclear arsenal

The president reaffirmed his long-held opposition to the accord, calling it "one of the most incompetently-drawn deals I've ever seen".

Under the 2015 deal, Tehran agreed to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for relief from wide-ranging oil, trade and financial sanctions that had choked the Iranian economy.

Recently, Washington based European envoys, including EU Ambassador met with top senators to convince about the repercussions of withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal. Iran has always insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and denies it has aimed to build an atomic bomb.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Iran abides by all its commitments on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and emphasized that all co-authors of the document must abide by it, the Russian Foreign Ministry said after a telephone conversation of the two diplomats.

The officials discussing the details and timing of the announcement spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss internal deliberations.

Trump is widely expected to make a speech Thursday laying out a new Iran strategy and decertifying the country's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

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Deutch said the danger of walking away from the agreement is that those expiration dates "would have effectively dropped from a decade to a day" because Iran would be freed of its obligations under the deal.

"Of all the places it could have been on the spectrum, this is very much at the better end", one European official said.

The lifting of sanctions is dependent on Iran restricting its nuclear programme. The administration also wants to impose penalties or limits for Iran's ballistic missile program and create a stronger enforcement mechanism for potential breaches of the deal. The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran is complying with the agreement.

No, the deal will not be invalidated if the administration decertifies it.

"Let's work with allies to make certain that worldwide inspectors have better access to possible nuclear sites, and we should address the fundamental sunset shortcoming, as our allies have recognized", he said.

After de-certification, the U.S. Congress will review - in a process that will take 60 days - whether it is time to re-apply U.S. sanctions on Iran that were suspended after the JCPOA was signed. With the threat of restoring those old sanctions and imposing new ones - as well as the threat of military force - the US hopes to have new leverage and get Iran to accept changes to the deal.

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In a rare case of the United Kingdom publicly pressuring the US, the British government said Wednesday that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had called Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to underscore British support for the deal.

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

"If the feeling is that the United States no longer supports the agreement, then the political reality is that the agreement will be in serious jeopardy and its implementation will be very hard", a senior French diplomat said.

The U.S. will need to work with Britain, France and Germany - all parties to the Iran nuclear pact - to fix its flaws and those countries need to know that the U.S.is a reliable partner, according to Engel.

As British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch said on September 25, "We would say, let's intensify the discussions [on how to deal with Iran's other activity], but let's keep the JCPOA".

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