The Trump Administration Will Reportedly Recertify Iran's Nuclear Deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to reporters upon his arrival in New York to attend the UN high-level political forum on sustainable development

President Donald Trump's administration has decided for the second time since January to certify Iranian compliance with the nuclear agreement that Trump has called a "disastrous" deal, according to US and foreign officials.

The US congress has set Monday as the deadline for the president to decide whether to rectify the deal that guarantees Iran's non-nuclear weapon compliance in exchange for sanctions relief.

And yet, considering the wrecking ball that the Trump administration has already taken to Obama's foreign-policy legacy, and the degree to which the White House has adopted hostility to Iran as a guiding principle, the deal looks more robust on its second birthday than you might think.

According to The Weekly Standard, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been the leading advocate for recertifying the deal, which is also backed by Secretary of Defense James Mattis. For now, the State Department's official line is that it's not making any major shifts until the completion of an ongoing overall review of U.S. -Iran policy, so changes could be coming.

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Trump's administration certified the deal in April. That report, due 180 days after Trump's inauguration, was part of restrictions lawmakers put on the agreement, as was the 90-day certification requirement.

While lifting nuclear-linked sanctions, the United States maintains sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile program and human rights record.

Iran denies seeking nuclear arms. "The president has been very frank about his opinion". "We respect that. But we also have the duty to make it clear that the nuclear deal doesn't belong to one country".

"In my capacity as coordinator, my task is and will stay to ensure that the deal is fully and effectively implemented by all sides", Mogherini said.

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