Trump Decertifies Iran Nuclear Deal, Announces Sanctions on Revolutionary Guard

Trump says 'Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the U.S. has ever entered into.' The U.S. will remain part of the agreement and try to improve it

Trump speaks about Iran and the Iran nuclear deal in front of a portrait of President George Washington in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 13, 2017.
Trump, in front of a portrait of President George Washington, speaks about Iran and the Iran nuclear deal in the White House's Diplomatic Reception Room,October 13, 2017. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he will decertify the Iran nuclear deal, and announced new sanctions on the Revolutionary Guard. 

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Trump's decertification announcement gives Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran that were lifted under the pact. That would increase tension with Iran as well as put Washington at odds with other signatories of the accord such as Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union. 

Trump warned that if "we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated." 

In his speech, Trump said the "Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the U.S. has ever entered into. 

"History has shown the longer we ignore a threat, the more dangerous it becomes. I've ordered a complete strategic review of our policy towards the rogue regime in Iran. That review is now complete," he said.

Trump said he would take "major steps to confront the Iranian regime's hostile actions and to ensure that they never acquire a nuclear weapon." 

"Our policy is based on a clear eyed assessment of the Iranian dictatorship, its sponsorship of terrorism, and continued aggression around the world."

Trump said Iran is "the world's leading state sponsors of terrorism, and provides assistance to Al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas and others. It harasses American ships and hurts freedom of navigation. It imprisons Americans on false allegations and launches cyberattacks against our infrastructure. The regime violently suppresses its own citizens. This regime has fueled secretarian violence in Iraq, Yemen and Syria. In Syria they have supported the atrocities of Assad's regime and condoned his use of chemical weapons against innocent citizens. 

"Their two favorite chants are death to America and death to Israel," he said. 

Part of Trump's new strategy is the "long overdue step of tough sanctions on the revolutionary guard."

"I urge our allies to join us in taking strong actions against Iran's dangerous behavior, including sanctions outside the Iran deal that target their ballistic missile program," Trump said.