US President Decertifies Iran Nuclear Deal, Imposes Sanctions on IRGC
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – US President Donald Trump in a major confrontational stance against the Islamic Republic of Iran on Friday refused to certify multilateral deal on Tehran peaceful nuclear program and imposed further sanctions against the country’s elite Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.
Speaking from the White House on Friday, Trump said he will choose not to certify that Tehran is complying with the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers (the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany) known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
He said that the new policy is aimed at preventing what he claimed Iran’s effort to obtain a nuclear weapon.
"We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout," Trump said.
Trump is required by law to certify every 90 days whether or not Iran is complying with the nuclear deal.
If he argues that Iran is not in compliance that could cause an American withdrawal from the international pact. That is while, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has recently reported that Iran is complying with the agreement.
While Trump did not pull Washington out of the nuclear deal, he gave the US Congress 60 days to decide whether to re-impose economic sanctions against Tehran.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the US president announced sanctions on the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). He accused the security body of destabilizing the Middle East and threatening American interests in the region.
“I am authorizing the Treasury Department to further sanction the entire Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for its support for terrorism and to apply sanctions to its officials, agents and affiliates," he said.
In his remarks, the US president also accused Iran of supporting the “atrocities” of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and said Tehran “condoned” Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people.
That is while Iran has dispatched military advisers on the request of the Syrian legitimate government, helping turn around the battle which has been going on for more than six years now.