President Donald Trump will outline a different strategy for dealing with Iran on October 13 that will seek to enforce stricter policies on the nuclear deal and deny funding for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
“It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction,” Trump said in a White House statement that laid out key elements of the strategy.
Trump is to deliver a speech to announce a confrontational new approach to US policy toward Iran. He is expected to say he will not certify Iran’s compliance with a 2015 nuclear accord negotiated by world powers, although he will not call for the US to abandon the agreement, according to officials briefed on the president’s intentions. Reimposing sanctions would probably have caused the collapse of the agreement and relation with Iran. Instead, he will recommend that Congress amends its own legislation so that Iranian infringements of the deal, and potentially other actions outside the scope of the agreement, would automatically trigger the reimposition of those sanctions.
Trump believes the nuclear deal as it is now structured will eventually allow Iran to develop a weapon and wants to toughen US policy to prohibit that eventuality. Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful and denies it is developing nuclear weapons.
Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said that if the US does not implement the agreements regarding Iran’s nuclear program, Iran would respond by opting out of the deal entirely. Speaking at a meeting with Russia’s State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Larijani said that Iran has paid dearly to achieve the agreement and he expects that Moscow will contribute to settling the issues around the deal.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that spiking the deal “would undoubtedly hurt the atmosphere of predictability, security, stability and non-proliferation in the entire world.” He added that a move against the nuclear deal would have “very negative consequences”.
Speaking in Beijing on October 9, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the Iran nuclear deal was a good example of how to solve something peacefully through talks, and expressed his hope that “the comprehensive Iran nuclear agreement can continue to be earnestly implemented.”