Trump taking the US to the edge but not yet breaking the Iran deal

US President Donald Trump is set to announce that the landmark Iranian nuclear deal signed in 2015 does not serve US national interests and that he will decertify but not withdraw from the accord.

The Washington Post, citing persons briefed on the White House’s Iran strategy, reported Thursday that Trump is set to make this announcement next week, ahead of an October 15 deadline to report to Congress on whether Iran is complying with the agreement.

This will prompt a 60-day congressional review period to consider the next steps for the United States, which, along with five other states, signed onto the accord.

The White House, according to the report, has been discussing ways to “strengthen” the Iranian nuclear agreement, congressional aides and others said, adopting a “fix it or nix it” approach advocated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump was also set to announce a series of measures to punish Iran for its regional behavior.

The plan is for “harsh sanctions” against the IRGC, Iran’s most powerful security organization which also dominates significant areas of the Iranian economy. Some reports in the US have suggested that Trump may designate the entire IRGC as a terrorist organization; 10 years ago, it designed the IRGC’s Al-Quds Force as a terror group, and the entire IRGC has been sanctioned for activities relating to nuclear proliferation and human rights abuses.

Trump would “hold off on recommending that Congress reimpose sanctions on Iran that would abrogate the agreement.”

Trump and other officials, including Tillerson, have said Iran is violating the spirit of the agreement because of its testing of ballistic missiles, threats to US allies in the Middle East, and support for US-designated terrorist organizations and Syria’s government.

* Trump will take the US to the edge but not breaking the Iran deal
* Iran has gone to the edge of the deal with missile tests an terror support