President Donald Trump has reportedly made a decision about whether he will continue the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal. However, the president declined to announce what his decision is.
On Sept. 20, Trump told reporters during a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that he had made a decision about whether he would certify the Iran nuclear agreement.
"I have decided," Trump said, repeating the sentence two more times, according to ABC News. "I'll let you know what the decision is."
JCPOA was negotiated between Iran and a group of six nations led by the U.S. in 2015 under the Obama administration. The agreement eased oil and financial sanctions against Iran in exchange for limiting Tehran's capability to develop a nuclear weapon, The New York Times notes.
Trump has until Oct. 14 to inform Congress that Iran is meeting the terms of the agreement. The president could undermine the deal beforehand by denying Iran a sanctions waiver.
On Sept. 17, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson disclosed that Iran is still in compliance with the JCPOA condition that it limits its nuclear capability.
"My view on the nuclear deal is [Iran is] in technical compliance of the nuclear arrangement," Tillerson told CBS News.
The secretary of state added that Iran was otherwise carrying out activities in Syria and Yemen and maintaining a ballistic missiles program that the U.S. disapproved of.
"None of that, I would believe, is consistent with that preamble commitment that was made by everyone," Tillerson concluded.
On Sept. 19, Trump blasted the JCPOA during a speech before the United Nations General Assembly.
"The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into," Trump said, according to The Washington Post. "Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it -- believe me."
Trump accused the Iranian government of turning "a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos."
On Sept. 20, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran blasted Trump's remarks during his own speech before the UNGA and urged the Trump administration to maintain the JCPOA.
"By violating its international commitments the new U.S. administration only destroys its own credibility ... It will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics: the world will have lost a great opportunity," said Rouhani, according to Al Jazeera.
Sources: ABC News, Al Jazeera, CBS News, The Washington Post / Feature Image: Dominique A. Pineiro/Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr / Embedded Images: U.S. Department of State/Flickr, The Kremlin