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Report: Trump May Scrap Iran Nuclear Deal

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President Donald Trump is considering declaring the nuclear deal with Iran not to be in the U.S.' national interest, according to a report.

Trump has until Oct. 15 to decide whether to certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 agreement, The Washington Post reported.

One source indicated that a speech by Trump has been planned for Oct. 12, although the White House would not confirm that report.

"The administration looks forward to sharing details of our Iran strategy at the appropriate time," Michael Anton, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, told the Post.

If Trump does not certify Iran's compliance with the agreement, Congress would be left to determine what action the U.S. should take, which could result in a reimposition of sanctions on Iran.

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Such a move by the U.S. would violate the 2015 deal, allowing Iran to commence production of uranium and reprocessing of plutonium. Under the agreement's terms, Iran is prohibited from carrying out such activities until October 2030.

Some Republicans and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have urged Trump to strengthen aspects of the deal or abandon it.

During his speech at September's session of the U.N. General Assembly, Trump labeled Iran as a corrupt dictatorship. He also stated that the nuclear accord was an "embarrassment to the United States," according to The New York Times.

Contradicting the Post's report, a senior White House source who spoke to the Times said that Trump has yet to take a final decision on canceling the deal. He has, however, signed off on a strategy to take a tougher line on Teheran's ballistic missile program and its support for militant groups in a number of Middle Eastern countries.

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According to Bloomberg, part of Trump's new policy could involve designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. Such a move would make it more difficult for foreign companies to invest in Iran, since the Revolutionary Guard controls a number of businesses and is responsible for approximately 15 percent of the country's economic output.

Two intelligence officials also informed Bloomberg that the Trump administration would increase spying operations on Iran and Hezbollah, one of its allies in Lebanon.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared in September that his government was not willing to reopen the deal for new negotiations.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, which carries out inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, has stated that the country is in compliance with the deal's terms.

Sources: The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg / Featured Image: Beto Barata/PR via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: U.S. Department of State/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons, Commons

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