Having critiqued the Iranian nuclear deal since his 2016 campaign, President Trump announced on Thursday that the United States “must put an end to Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear ambitions.”
The accord between Iran, France, China, Russia, the UK and US was signed in 2016 under President Obama. Intended to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, the deal allows for a limited amount of uranium enrichment for energy and research purposes.
Trump’s decision to eventually decertify the Iranian nuclear deal could be a precursor for the reimplementation of economic sanctions against Iran. Furthermore, such a move could alienate the other partners in the agreement, hindering multilateral relations.
President Trump is expected to deliver a speech elaborating further on his strategy concerning Iran and the Middle East sometime next week.