President Donald Trump will deliver an official announcement from the White House today on the future of U.S. international policy with regard to Iran. The statement is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET.
Indications suggest that the president is prepared to walk away from the nuclear deal Iran formed with the Obama Administration back in 2015. Trump has been a vocal critic of the agreement over the last few years, and even though America’s allies in Europe tried talking him out of it, a withdrawal seems to be imminent.
Tearing up the deal will come as a disappointment to several of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’s most prominent member nations, though various officials say they will salvage the situation. Former Secretary of State John Kerry has been encouraging world leaders to stay in the deal, though Trump clearly doesn’t appreciate that:
John Kerry can’t get over the fact that he had his chance and blew it! Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2018
If Trump announces the nuclear deal’s termination, its very likely he’ll take the opportunity to talk about renewing sanctions on the Iranian regime. Based on what economic penalties (if any) Trump has in mind, the deal could be effectively revoked at once, or the president could leave room for ongoing negotiations with Tehran.
Watch above, via The White House.
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