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European Leaders and GOP Urge Trump Not to Kill Iran Nuclear Deal

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By    |   Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 08:15 AM

European allies and Republicans are urging President Donald Trump not to completely unravel the Iran nuclear deal, The New York Times is reporting.

Trump's top security advisers have been pushing for the president to decertify the deal, the newspaper said. The plan would leave the accord in place, but set the stage for making revisions.

Congress would have to determine whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran. But such a move would likely end up killing the deal, the Times said.

"While the Trump administration is making a very fine distinction between a decertification that is a report to Congress rather than leaving the deal, I'm concerned that distinction will be lost on our allies and adversaries," said Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May personally urged Trump to uphold the deal, while some congressional Republicans are expressing their concerns, the Times reported.

The options present a dilemma for Republicans, The Hill said.

Imposing sanctions would likely kill the agreement by forcing Iran to walk away from it, the website noted. But doing nothing keeps a deal in place that Republicans have opposed, the website added.

And Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who has been locked in an ongoing feud with Trump, noted last week:

"As I've said before, you can only tear these things up one time. It might feel good for a second, but one of the things that's important for us is to keep our allies with us, especially our Western allies, and so there are ways of dealing with this that can deal with the deficiencies that we all know are there and the agreement potentially stay in place."

And Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee added: "Whatever (Trump) decides, it is critical that the president lay out the facts. He should explain what his decision means, and what it doesn't."

Trump is expected to announce this week that he disagrees with the pact and is decertifying it, The Hill said.

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