With Iran Deal Deadline Looming, White House Shares New Strategy

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President Donald Trump is expected to not recertify the Iran nuclear deal. But he’s not tearing it up entirely.

Called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal was negotiated during the Obama administration. It removes economic sanctions against Iran as long as the country proves it won’t seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons.

Under U.S. law, the president must certify Iran’s compliance every 90 days. Trump’s already done so twice. The next certification deadline is Oct. 15.

Instead of recertifying, the White House announced a new strategy Friday for dealing with Iran. The plan of action focuses on neutralizing the Iranian government’s “destabilizing influence” and its “support for terrorism and militants.”

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The White House continued, “We will work to deny the Iranian regime — and especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps — funding for its malign activities, and oppose IRGC activities that extort the wealth of the Iranian people.”

White House chief of staff John Kelly told reporters Thursday that U.S. forces and their partners in the Middle East are ready to “deter anything” Iran might do.

Presuming Trump notifies Congress that Iran is not complying with the deal, lawmakers then have 60 days to decide if the U.S. should reimpose the economic sanctions the deal lifted.

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Source:: Newsy Headlines

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