Donald Trump has struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement — in defiance of other world powers — by choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal.
During a speech at the White House, Mr Trump accused the “fanatical regime” in Tehran of spreading “death, destruction and chaos around the globe” as he again called the nuclear pact “one of the worst” agreements the US has ever entered into.
He said the deal is merely a “temporary delay” on Iran’s “path to nuclear weapons” and said that Iran had committed multiple violations of the deal and was not living up to its spirit.
However, he stopped short of scrapping the agreement altogether, saying he wanted his administration to work with Congress to address the “deal’s many serious flaws”.
“We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence,” Mr Trump said.
Under the 2015 agreement with six nations – including the US, UK and France – Iran agreed to restrict its nuclear programme for at least 10 years in exchange for the loosening of economic sanctions that had crippled its economy.
Mr Trump said the removal of sanctions was giving the Iranian regime an immediate financial boost, increasing its funds to support terrorism.