Over 180 Democratic congressmen sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to recertify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal ahead of the October 15 deadline.
Led by Reps. Ted Deutch (Fla.) and David Price (N.C.), the letter said that subverting the 2015 nuclear deal would cause Iran to attain nuclear weapons. "If President Trump decertifies Iranian compliance without clear evidence of Iranian violations, it will jeopardize this united front against Iran," read the missive.
"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is an imperfect agreement, but to address the problematic provisions including the sunset clauses, we will need stay in lockstep with our global partners," the letter says.
Trump has a deadline of October 15 to certify whether Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal. If he decides it is not, it could open the way for U.S. lawmakers to reimpose sanctions on Iran, leading to the potential collapse of the agreement.
While he recently confirmed that Iran is adhering to the nuclear agreement, he and other officials in the administration stressed that the President, who has been a vocal critic of the deal, still has reservations about the agreement.
During his United Nations speech several weeks ago Trump called the deal an “embarrassment.”
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Tuesday opined that it would be in America's national security interest to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, despite signals from President Donald Trump he may pull out of the international pact.
“Do you believe it’s in our national security interest at the present time to remain in [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA)]?” Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) asked Mattis during a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing.
“Yes, senator, I do,” Mattis replied, according to The Hill.
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