Trump expected to decertify Iran deal next week

Trump expected to decertify Iran deal next week

US President Donald Trump is expected to decline to certify the Iran nuclear agreement, according to people who have been briefed on the matter.

Trump will give a major foreign policy speech on October 12, in which he will blame Iran for fuelling terrorism and causing instability throughout the Middle East. 

The US president said on Thursday evening that Iran had not lived up to the spirit of the nuclear deal.  "We must not allow Iran ... to obtain nuclear weapons," Trump said during a meeting with military leaders at the White House, the Telegraph reported.

"The Iranian regime supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed and chaos across the Middle East. That is why we must put an end to Iran's continued aggression and nuclear ambitions."

Asked about whether he would "decertify" the deal, he said: "You'll be hearing about Iran very shortly." 

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said: "The president is going to make an announcement about the decision that he's made on a comprehensive strategy that his team supports, and we'll do that in the coming days."

Trump repeatedly ridiculed the accord during the 2016 presidential campaign, vowing to rip it up.

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