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McMaster Briefs Congress on Iran Deal Likely to Be Decertified

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National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017 08:29 PM

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Wednesday briefed Congress on President Donald Trump pending decision on the Iran nuclear deal — and left no doubt he intends to decertify the pact, according to NBC News.

The White House denied McMaster told lawmakers about the president's plans, NBC News reported.

According to NBC News, the administration wants to renegotiate the 10-year sunset clause in the nuclear deal, the provisions on inspections — which the United States wants to be more stringent — and to curtail Iran's ballistic missile program.

Administration and congressional sources say the decision to decertify is part of a larger strategy to crack down on Iran's missile program and its support for terrorism.

Legislation passed in 2015 requires the president to certify Iranian compliance every 90 days; Trump has now twice provided that certification, even as he maintains the agreement was flawed and Iran has violated "the spirit" of it.

The Washington Post last week reported Trump was expected to announce the decertification this week — and the issue would be turned over to Congress.

The president faces a Sunday deadline to report to Congress on whether Iran is complying with the agreement.

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