Congress is set to consider new legislation that would require Iran to accept tough new conditions on the landmark nuclear deal or face a rash of harsh new economic sanctions aimed at thwarting the Islamic Republic’s continued nuclear buildup, according to a draft of new legislation exclusively viewed by the Washington Free Beacon.
President Donald Trump will not certify Iran as in compliance with the landmark nuclear agreement, but will stop short of fully withdrawing the United States from the deal, according to senior Trump administration officials who told reporters Thursday evening that Tehran is about to be hit with a harsh new set of sanctions targeting its support for terrorism.
President Trump is expected to announce today that he cannot certify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the agreement over its nuclear program that it entered into with the United States and five other nations in 2015. The president’s decision, according to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, will commence a 60-day review period during which the Republican-controlled Congress may re-impose sanctions against the Islamic theocracy for its intransigence and belligerence. Sanctions, I might add, that should never have been lifted in the first place.
Iran is on the pathway to fully restarting its contested nuclear weapons program due to insufficient international inspections of its military sites and caveats in the landmark nuclear deal that permit it to reengage in nuclear enrichment work within the next several years, according to experts who testified Wednesday before Congress.
The Trump administration is expected to announce next week that it will not formally certify Iran as in compliance with the landmark nuclear agreement, a move that could kill the agreement and set the stage for Congress to reimpose harsh economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic, according to multiple U.S. officials and sources familiar with the situation.
A prominent Washington, D.C. think-tank funded by a who’s who of organizations that played a key role in misleading the American public about the nature of the landmark Iran nuclear deal will hold a massive forum aimed at preserving the accord, a sign that the so-called pro-Iran deal “echo chamber” is scrambling to save a deal President Donald Trump could kill in the coming weeks.