NBC News reports:
President Donald Trump is expected to put the 2015 Iran nuclear deal squarely in the hands of Congress, refusing to certify that Iran is in compliance with the deal but letting lawmakers decide whether to tear it up.
Congress will now have to decide if they will reimpose sanctions on Iran with regard to the country’s nuclear program, or attach new conditions to the agreement. Those sanctions were lifted as part of the 2015 agreement, and reimposing them would effectively destroy the deal, known as the JCPOA.
Getting a decision on sanctions out of Congress — which has been unable to agree on any significant legislation this year — is considered unlikely, meaning the status quo on the Iran agreement could remain.
The announcement is expected to come in a noontime speech by Trump, who, officials said, will say that the nuclear deal is not in the national security interests of the United States. Multiple administration officials said the decision goes against the recommendations of a majority of the president’s national security aides.
Trump's Iran Strategy "Fact Sheet" 👇reads like a Wikipedia entry & contains no actual strategy. They spent 9 months putting this together? pic.twitter.com/C0LXHwSQUP
— Colin Kahl (@ColinKahl) October 13, 2017
Trump's Iran non-certification-but-do-nothing charade is foreign policy equivalent of a tantrum. No benefit. Noise. Damaged credibility.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 13, 2017
Trump to decertify Iran deal so he can fail at both dealing with Iran and North Korea
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@Deanofcomedy) October 13, 2017
BREAKING: Tillerson: Trump will not withdraw from Iran nuclear deal but will say pact is not in US national security interests.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 13, 2017
I've read Trump's Iran strategy over twice now and I can't, for the life of me, figure out what we're actually doing
— Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) October 13, 2017
Donald Trump wants Americans to believe Obama gave their tax $ to Iran.
It was Iran's cash.
USA froze it.
Then released it back to Iran.
— Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) October 13, 2017