Iran's Rhetoric Continues As Trump Policy Statement Approaches

Zarif added that the possibility of renegotiating the deal was a “myth.”

The uncertainty is amplified by certain domestic considerations, including the dispute between the president and Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

In his first speech to the United Nations last month, he said the deal was an "embarrassment" and labelled Iran as a "economic depleted rogue state".

Since the historic deal went into effect, the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic's compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA. Their inspectors constantly examine information transmitted around the clock by surveillance cameras, online monitors and fiber-optic seals on nuclear equipment. Seven times, IAEA has certified that Iran is meeting its obligations. According to the Post and other media outlets, the President will give a speech this Thursday, Oct. 12, to outline the case for the USA pulling out of the Iran deal. President Hassan Rouhani, who supported the agreement, won easy re-election in May. It gives the extremist mullahs in Iran the flawless argument: The United States can't be trusted to live up to its agreements. Nearly everyone agrees that Trump's radical thinking is simply unthinkable. Trump's concerns about Iranian support for the "three Hs", Hezbollah, Hamas and the Houthis, will be exacerbated if the deal is undone, as Iran will have an even greater incentive to oppose USA policies.

"All of those fears have been heightened under a president they believe is much more willing to use coercive American power", he said.

Keeping the deal, while talking tough, would allow him to strut the stage sounding like the tough guy he so desperately wants to be while maintaining a status quo that benefits both the USA and its allies.

In possible violation of the 2015 nuclear deal, German intelligence charged that Iran made 32 attempts a year ago to obtain technology that could be used for proliferation programs, including chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

Such an approach is reportedly being adopted by US President Donald Trump, who is set to give an Iranian policy speech this week in which he will likely announce that he will not recertify the accord to Congress. Trump has called it the "worst deal ever". He throws the hot potato to Congress, throws up his hands, walks away and points fingers. They must introduce, debate and pass legislation on the sanctions or his decertification means exactly nothing.

"Decertification" of the deal with Iran could lead Congress to reintroduce economic sanctions on Iran that were suspended under the deal.

The head of Iran's nuclear agency warned the United States on Tuesday against undermining the 2015 nuclear deal, saying worldwide nonproliferation efforts as well as Washington's global standing would suffer as a result.

However, Tillerson went on to claim, "It's pretty hard to say that the expectations of the parties that negotiated this agreement have been met". He said so even before winning the November 2016 election.

So for Trump, it's like having your cake and eating it too.

The president's announcement will not end the deal but will pass the buck to Congress.

In particular, Corker, whose foolishness was largely responsible for Obama being able to get approval for the Iran deal via an extra-constitutional backdoor method, has no business posing as some kind of expert. His base stays happy with him and angry at the "deep state". Accordingly, were the group be boycotted, such a move would impose significant pressure on Iran. And Trump skips merrily along.

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