President Trump plans to certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal brokered by former President Barack Obama, the Weekly Standard reported Thursday.
The administration faces a Monday deadline, imposed by Congress, to affirm that Tehran is abiding by restrictions on its nuclear program, for which it receives sanctions relief.
Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that he would “tear up” the Obama-era agreement, which he and other Republicans say did not go far enough in dismantling Iran’s nuclear program.
But the decision about whether to scrap the deal has reportedly sparked fierce internal divisions, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arguing the U.S. should keep the seven-nation accord.
Trump and his advisers have ramped up their rhetoric against Iran for its government’s support of international terrorist groups and Syrian leader Bashar Assad. The administration has also imposed other sanctions on Iranian entities for supporting the country’s ballistic missile program.
But the administration has long signaled it would keep the nuclear agreement, which Obama and his allies argued was the best way to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons without going to war.
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