President Donald Trump set a May 12 deadline for improving the Iran nuclear deal, but with that date fast approaching there might not be time to reach an agreement, The Hill reports.
"Every single day I have a new percentage about whether we're going to get a new deal. Today is 51/49 no deal," said Behnam Ben Taleblu, who works as a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Trump has identified several problems he has with the deal: including the fact that inspectors are not allowed to demand to see military areas, and that the deal doesn't include the country's ballistic missile program or support for terrorists.
The president's new choice of Cabinet members could have an affect on the U.S. response to the deal. Trump said when announcing the firing of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that they "disagreed on things," including the Iran deal.
"I think it's terrible, I guess he felt it was OK. I wanted to break it, he felt differently," Trump said.
His choice to replace Tillerson, former CIA chief Mike Pompeo, and his choice to lead the national security agency, John Bolton, both signal a tougher stance on Iran. Particularly Bolton, who wrote an op-ed titled "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran," in 2015, while the deal was being worked out.
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