President Trump Announces New Strategy in Iran

CBS News: After months of anticipation, President Trump is announcing his decision on what to do with the Iran deal Friday afternoon. 

As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Thursday, Mr. Trump intendsnot to certify Iran's compliance with the deal, while staying in the deal. That, the administration hopes, will prompt Congress to take additional legislative action to amend the Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which Congress passed to add additional oversight on Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 

After months of interagency review, conversations with partner nations in the JCPOA and even talks with Iran, the president is taking a broader approach to handling Iran, Tillerson said. That means looking for ways to address Iran's ballistic missile program and provocations, its backing of Hezbollah, and support for rebels. The Trump administration hopes Congress can consider those aspects as it amends the Iran Nuclear Agreement Act of 2015 (INARA), but also hopes other nations will work to devise an additional agreement to accompany the JCPOA and address those other threats posed by Iran. The administration hopes it will be easier to negotiate some better deal by staying in the current JCPOA. 

"I don't want to suggest to you that we give that a high chance of success, but there is an openness to talk about it," Tillerson said on Thursday, referencing the chances of reaching an additional agreement with partner nations. "So where do we start. So that's one of the usefulness of having this INARA amendment. I think the second is that it does send that strong message to Iran that these requirements that the U.S. feels are necessary to ensure you never have nuclear weapons, these are with us, they are part of our relationship now and forevermore."

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Mr. Trump will make the announcement at 12:45 p.m. in the White House's Diplomatic Reception Room. 

Live updates of Trump's Iran deal statement below: 

1:09 p.m. If agreement can't be reached, the deal "will be terminated," Trump says

Mr. Trump said he will back out of the JCPOA if Congress and U.S.' allies cannot come to an agreement. 

1:07 p.m. Trump says U.S. "cannot and will not" certify compliance

Mr. Trump builds up the case for his decision not to certify to Congress that Iran is in compliance with the deal. Rather, Mr. Trump wants Congress to deal with the issue legislatively.

"Congress has already begun to work to address these problems," Mr. Trump said, adding that key members of Congress are already working to amend INARA.

1:05 p.m. Trump announces sanctions on Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps 

The Treasury Department, Mr. Trump said, will impose additional sanctions on the IRGC. The president also announced additional sanctions that would curb any ballistic missile action from Iran. 

1:04 p.m. Iran isn't living up to the "spirit" of the deal

Trump says Iran isn't living up to the "spirit" of the 2015 deal. 

1:03 p.m. Iran has violated the agreement multiple times, Trump says 

The president says Iran has violated the 2015 agreement more than once.

12:59 p.m. The Iran deal was one of the worst deals ever, Trump says 

Repeating what he has said on the campaign trail and after taking office, Mr. Trump criticized the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Agreement under Obama, better known as the Iran deal. 

12:58 p.m. U.S. should not take Iran's "sinister" approach lightly, Trump says

Mr. Trump says Iran isn't going to alter its aggressive behavior. 

12:56 p.m. Iran's aggression continues "to this day," Trump says

Mr. Trump says Iran provides support to a number of terrorist networks, threatening American troops and allies.

"The United States is far from the only target" of Iran's campaign of "bloodshed," he says.

12:54 p.m. Trump criticizes the historically "radical regime" of Iran

Iran, Mr. Trump said, has spread chaos and death all over the globe, giving a history lesson dating back to the Iran hostage crisis, as he makes his case for a stronger approach to Iran. 

12:53 p.m. Trump steps up to the podium 

President Trump says his first priority is to ensure the safety and security of the American people. So, he says, he's ordered a complete review of the "rogue" regime of Iran.

The U.S. strategy, Mr. Trump said, is "to make sure that Iran never, and I mean never, acquires a nuclear weapon."


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