Tuesday saw the passing of a 60-day deadline imposed on Congress by President Trump, who was demanding they impose a new round of sanctions against Iran related to his decertification of the P5+1 nuclear deal.
Trump decertified the deal with the idea that Congress would impose a bunch of sanctions in violation of the deal and further undermine the pact. President Trump has until January 13 for another review of the deal.
White House officials suggest President Trump is so mad at Congress for not violating the P5+1 nuclear deal with new sanctions, he’s likely to try to unilaterally withdraw the US from the deal entirely in January.
The IAEA has repeatedly affirmed that Iran is fully in compliance with the deal. President Trump has at times accused Iran of violations, but on other occasions officials suggest that Iran is in compliance, but the deal is just bad. Either way, the rest of the P5+1 are expected to keep the deal intact, with or without the US.
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