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Rex Tillerson: Trump to Decertify Iran Under US Nuclear Agreement Review Law

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said President Donald Trump will decertify Iran under a 2015 U.S. law that directs the president to certify that the Middle Eastern country is in compliance with the Iran nuclear deal every 90 days, Defense News reported Friday.

“The intent is that we will stay in [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] – but the president is going to decertify under [the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act],” Tillerson said in a conference call.

JCPOA, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, is a multinational agreement signed in July 2015 that allows the country to advance its nuclear energy initiative provided that it is used solely for peaceful purposes.

Tillerson noted that Trump expressed dissatisfaction with JCPOA’s sanctions relief terms despite his previous move to certify Iran’s technical compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

Defense One also reported that the White House’s plan to decertify Iran under INARA would result in a 60-day review of that law by lawmakers and possible reimposition of lifted sanctions on Iran under JCPOA.

“Our posture on compliance is completely different than the previous administration’s,” Tillerson told reporters during the conference call Thursday.

The White House, for instance, seeks to direct Iran to provide inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency immediate access to any nuclear site in the country, the report added.

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