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WH Took Lead in Toughening State Dept. Letter on Iran Nuke Deal

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 08:23 AM

President Donald Trump took an active role to toughen a State Department letter that stated Iran was in compliance with the controversial nuclear deal reached early last year, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The first draft, written by career diplomats who played a role in negotiating and implementing the deal in the Obama administration, was deemed too soft by Trump for one — not taking into account Iran's support of terrorists, the Journal reported.

So the letter — which must be sent every three months — to Congress dated April 18 had a far different tone to it, as did Rex Tillerson's speech the following day, one that initially made the secretary of state uncomfortable, the WSJ reported.

Iran may be compliant, the letter stated, but …

"Notwithstanding, Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods. President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States."

The deal has been in the crosshairs of Trump since early in his campaign and he has vowed, at various times, to tear it up, still referring to it as a "terrible deal" that never should have been signed.

Regardless of whether he decides to withdraw or honor it, Trump seems determined to make life uncomfortable for Iran. Sanctions outside of the agreement — such as human rights issues or its ballistic missile tests — are actively being considered, the Journal reported.

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President Donald Trump took an active role to toughen a State Department letter that stated Iran was in compliance with the controversial nuclear deal reached early last year, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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