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Iran, Obama Admin. Disagree on Future of Nuclear Deal Under Trump

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By    |   Thursday, 10 Nov 2016 12:21 PM

Erasing the Iran nuclear deal might not be as simple as tearing up the agreement, at least according to one report.

President-elect Donald Trump vowed multiple times during his campaign to toss out the deal that was struck between the Obama administration, five other countries (the U.N. Security Council plus Germany), and Iran regarding that nation's nuclear program. Iran said this week if the United States does pull out of the agreement, it would still be in place — only without America's slice of the deal.

"Of course Iran's options are not limited but our hope and our desire and our preference is for the full implementation of the nuclear agreement, which is not bilateral for one side to be able to scrap," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, reports Reuters.

"But it doesn't mean we don't have other options if the USA unwisely decides to move away from its obligations under the agreement."

According to USA Today, however, the agreement needs all seven countries that signed it, including Iran, to continue their support of it or it's null and void.

"The agreement is valid only as long as all parties uphold it," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told USA Today.

Under the agreement, which attempts to limit Iran's progress in making a nuclear weapon, the U.S. lifted crippling sanctions on the Middle Eastern country.

Critics of the deal, including Trump, say there are so many loopholes and pro-Iran parts to it that Iran will be able to continue its nuclear weapons program regardless.

"This deal does what it says it would do, which is prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon," Toner countered this week.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence said last month the Trump administration would tear up the agreement.

"When Donald Trump becomes president of the United States of America, we're going to rip up the Iran deal!" Pence said. "We're going to marshal our allies, and we will not allow the leading state sponsor of terrorism to ever obtain a usable nuclear weapon."

What really happens after Trump takes office on January 20 remains to be seen.

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