President Donald Trump announced Friday that the United States would not certify the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal struck by his predecessor, claiming that the “rogue regime” in Iran was circumventing the agreement and had committed “multiple violations” included in the accord.
“I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification,” said the President while addressing the nation from the White House. “We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror, and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakthrough.”
“In the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, the agreement will be terminated […] It is under continuous review and our participation can be canceled by me as president at any time,” he added.
“Execution of our strategy begins with a long overdue step of imposing tough sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” said the President. “The revolutionary guard is the Iranian supreme leader’s corrupt personal terror force and militia.”
The decision to re-impose the harsh sanctions put in place before the Iranian nuclear deal is now before Congress, who have the authority to slap the Iranian regime and their Revolutionary Guard with crippling economic penalties.
“Lawmakers need to do now what we couldn’t do two years ago: unite around an Iran strategy that truly stops Iran’s nuclear weapons program and empowers the United States and our allies to combat the full spectrum of Iran’s imperial aggression,” said GOP Congressman Sen. Tom Cotton.