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Hayden: Iran Not in Breach of Multinational Nuclear Agreement

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Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden said he believes Europe will sit and watch what the reaction will be to Donald Trump's decision on the nuclear agreement, but won't line up to decertify the deal right away. (AP)

By    |   Friday, 13 October 2017 09:04 AM

Iran is not in breach of the multinational nuclear agreement, but former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden said Friday he had been nervous that the White House and President Donald Trump would "pressure the intelligence community" to come up with that conclusion.

"He did not," Hayden told CNN "New Day" co-host Alisyn Camerota. "The Iranians are not."

Trump is expected to refuse to recertify that the deal, created in hopes of curbing Iran's nuclear program, serves U.S. interests. However, he's expected to stop short of abandoning the measure, according to senior administration deals, and will on Friday outline a more broad policy on Iran.

"It is no longer in the strategic interest of the United States, an aspect of law that was given to him by Sen. [Bob] Corker when the Congress looked at this in the first place," said Hayden. "He will say it is is not in the U.S. national interest."

Hayden said, however, that he would not take the step of decertifying the deal.

"I would not make the step of decertifying," said Hayden. "I think it is is an unnecessary step for what it is we want to do. I think the president is trying to split the baby here. If he gets away with it, it's okay."

However, Hayden said, "he could set motion events that we cannot control and it may put the Iranian nuclear deal at risk. They are not in breach of that deal. It has put a stopper in the Iranian nuclear program."

Trump had it in his authority last month to reimpose sanctions on Iran, but he did not do that, noted Hayden, but he does not think Congress will impose new sanctions right away.

"He will toss this to Congress, but the handshake with even the most hawkish members of Congress is [that] we will not impose new sanctions, at least for the short term," said Hayden. "What we have is a broad signaling that we are unhappy with the deal, and frankly, Alisyn, more unhappy with all the other things the Iranians are doing. That's where we want to focus."

Camerota, reading from headlines, said that sources familiar with the speech say Trump is likely to focus on Iran's non-nuclear activities and terrorism, and Hayden agreed.

"I looked at the speech and I agree with every aspect in terms of what the Iranians are doing," said Hayden, now a principal with the Chertoff Group. "It is good to torque up the pressure on the Iranians here. If the president goes out and calls them a terrorist organization in its entirety, we will probably see a sharp Iranian response to that step."

Hayden said he believes Europe will sit and watch what the reaction will be to Trump's decision, but won't line up to decertify the deal right away.

"They will not want Congress to re-impose sanctions," said Hayden. "They will be a bit more willing to cooperate with us to put pressure on the Iranians for the non-nuclear things. Again, the president is trying to go through a fairly narrow package here to get what he wants."

Hayden said he also believes Trump can take action on Iran without decertifying the deal, but he's taking the action to "show that he is not [former President] Barack Obama.

"I think decertifying has been in the list of the Paris agreement, Obamacare, a whole bunch of other things that the president has done simply to show that he is not Barack Obama," Hayden concluded.

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Iran is not in breach of the multinational nuclear agreement, but former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden said Friday he had been nervous that the White House and President Donald Trump would "pressure the intelligence community" to come up with that conclusion.
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