President Trump Announces He Won't Recertify Iran Deal

by MELANIE HUNTER ARTER October 15, 2017

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will not recertify the Iran deal and has directed the administration to work with Congress to address the many "serious flaws" of the deal. If Congress and the administration are unable to reach a solution, the Iran deal will be terminated.

"When the agreement was finalized in 2015, Congress passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act to ensure that Congress's voice would be heard on the deal. Among other conditions, this law requires the president, or his designee, to certify that the suspension of sanctions under the deal is ‘appropriate and proportionate' to measure -- and other measures taken by Iran to terminate its illicit nuclear program," he said.

"Based on the factual record I have put forward, I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification," the president added.

"I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal's many serious flaws so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons. These include the deal's sunset clauses that, in just a few years, will eliminate key restrictions on Iran's nuclear program," he said.

"The flaws in the deal also include insufficient enforcement and near total silence on Iran's missile programs," Trump said. He added that Congress has already begun working on ways to address the problems.

"Key House and Senate leaders are drafting legislation that would amend the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act to strengthen enforcement, prevent Iran from developing an inter -- this is so totally important -- an intercontinental ballistic missile, and make all restrictions on Iran's nuclear activity permanent under U.S. law," the president said.

The Obama administration lifted economic sanctions on Iran "just before what would have been the total collapse of the Iranian regime" through the Iran nuclear deal in 2015, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, Trump said.

The president explained the flaws of the Iran deal, which included giving the regime billions of dollars that could be used to finance terrorism.

"The nuclear deal threw Iran's dictatorship a political and economic lifeline, providing urgently needed relief from the intense domestic pressure the sanctions had created. It also gave the regime an immediate financial boost and over $100 billion dollars its government could use to fund terrorism," he said.

"The regime also received a massive cash settlement of $1.7 billion from the United States, a large portion of which was physically loaded onto an airplane and flown into Iran. Just imagine the sight of those huge piles of money being hauled off by the Iranians waiting at the airport for the cash. I wonder where all that money went," Trump said.

"Worst of all, the deal allows Iran to continue developing certain elements of its nuclear program. And importantly, in just a few years, as key restrictions disappear, Iran can sprint towards a rapid nuclear weapons breakout. In other words, we got weak inspections in exchange for no more than a purely short-term and temporary delay in Iran's path to nuclear weapons," he said.

"What is the purpose of a deal that, at best, only delays Iran's nuclear capability for a short period of time? This, as president of the United States, is unacceptable. In other countries, they think in terms of 100-year intervals, not just a few years at a time," the president said.

"The saddest part of the deal for the United States is that all of the money was paid up front, which is unheard of, rather than at the end of the deal when they have shown they've played by the rules, but what's done is done, and that's why we are where we are," Trump said.

The president also outlined the multiple ways that Iran has violated the agreement.

"For example, on two separate occasions, they have exceeded the limit of 130 metric tons of heavy water. Until recently, the Iranian regime has also failed to meet our expectations in its operation of advanced centrifuges. The Iranian regime has also intimidated international inspectors into not using the full inspection authorities that the agreement calls for," he said.

"Iranian officials and military leaders have repeatedly claimed they will not allow inspectors onto military sites, even though the international community suspects some of those sites were part of Iran's clandestine nuclear weapons program," Trump said.

In addition, many think Iran is dealing with North Korea, he said, and he's ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to thoroughly analyze and report their findings "beyond what they have already reviewed."

The president has developed a new strategy on Iran, which includes working with U.S. allies "to counter the regime's destabilizing activity and support for terrorist proxies in the region."

"Second, we will place additional sanctions on the regime to block their financing of terror.Third, we will address the regime's proliferation of missiles and weapons that threaten its neighbors, global trade, and freedom of navigation. And finally, we will deny the regime all paths to a nuclear weapon," Trump said.

To this end, the president is authorizing the Treasury Department to impose "tough sanctions" on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps "for its support for terrorism and to apply sanctions to its officials, agents, and affiliates."

"The Revolutionary Guard is the Iranian Supreme Leader's corrupt personal terror force and militia. It has hijacked large portions of Iran's economy and seized massive religious endowments to fund war and terror abroad. This includes arming the Syrian dictator, supplying proxies and partners with missiles and weapons to attack civilians in the region, and even plotting to bomb a popular restaurant right here in Washington, D.C.," he said.

He also called on U.S. allies to join the United States in "taking strong actions to  curb Iran's continued dangerous and destabilizing behavior, including thorough sanctions outside the Iran Deal that target the regime's ballistic missile program, in support for terrorism, and all of its destructive activities, of which there are many."

Finally, on the grave matter of Iran's nuclear program: Since the signing of the nuclear agreement, the regime's dangerous aggression has only escalated. At the same time, it has received massive sanctions relief while continuing to develop its missiles program. Iran has also entered into lucrative business contracts with other parties to the agreement," Trump said.

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Melanie has been with since November 2000 as an evening editor responsible for writing, editing and posting stories to the website. She was promoted to deputy managing editor in 2002, overseeing the radio production department in addition to her daily editing duties. Prior to working at, Melanie served as news director for WKYS-FM, one of Washington, D.C.'s top-rated radio stations. Ms. Hunter also worked as a traffic reporter for Shadow Broadcasting in the nation's capital and prior to that, as a news anchor/reporter for WAMO-FM in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her television experience was obtained at several Washington, D.C. stations. She worked for America's Most Wanted at Fox affiliate WTTG, the Creative Services Department of WUSA-TV and the Evening Exchange on WHUT-TV. She holds a bachelor's degree in television production from Howard University.

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