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On Thursday, intelligence officials scheduled a classified briefing for members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Emerging from the meeting, McMaster told reporters simply that it had been "Great, thanks".

If Trump announces the decertification of the Iran nuclear deal, Congress will reportedly have 60 days to re-impose economic sanctions against Iran that were withdrawn following the 2015 agreement.

Under the Obama administration, Iran's stockpile of heavy water (that can be used in certain nuclear reactors) twice went above the agreed limits, although according to the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is now well below that benchmark. In effect, it would be walking away unilaterally.

Officials familiar with the internal deliberations as well as informed sources outside the administration say they do not believe Trump will call for Congress to reinstate the sanctions. Jacob Lew, the former Treasury secretary, joined the discussion by phone.

Political observers have warned that any unilateral action by the United States based on unsupported claims of Iranian non-compliance would isolate Washington, impede future efforts for other nonproliferation agreements in the broader global community and increase the likelihood of a wider conflict in the Middle East.

"The only voices in support" of Trump's decision, Parsi observes, "are old Iraq war champions and a new age of uber-hawks eager to fracture the accord and bomb Iran".

British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron both spoke to Trump this week to express their concerns about the potential decision not to recertify the Iran deal.

"Experts agree that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action remains the best way to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons".

US President Donald Trump's team now faces an October 15 deadline to tell Congress whether it will continue to certify that Iran is complying with the deal.

Trump will use an executive order to declare Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organisation. Under a new version being negotiated with Congress, he would have to endorse the deal less frequency but the USA intelligence community would have to assess whether Iran is carrying out covert activity in facilities not visited by the IAEA.

Serious concern has been growing on the possible USA administration's withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal.

Royce took issue with current restrictions constraining Iran's ability to produce fissile material because they begin to sunset in less than a decade. Tillerson also met Senator Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, on Wednesday at the State Department to discuss the subject, a congressional aide told American Broadcasting Corporation. Cardin's spokesman said the goal of the meeting was to go over the administration's plan for the nuclear deal. "We don't want to see the United States violate it".

Some Democrats complain it would be hard to join in a bipartisan plan to restrain Iran's nuclear ambitions. There was always the chance he could still have a last-minute change of heart and certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 accord, which he has called an "embarrassment" and the "worst deal ever negotiated". "Ironically he may have limited our ability to confront Iran, rather than expand it".

If the US backs out of the nuclear deal, "it won't be our failure at all, but a failure for the other side", Rouhani said, according to state TV. Many Democrats believe that is more likely to happen if Congress does not act to make changes to the existing agreement.

She pointed to other worldwide agreements that the United States has abandoned but the rest of the world has remained committed to, including the Paris Agreement on climate change, and said, "What will happen would simply be that the USA will contravene a UNSC resolution and the rest of the world will stick to it".

"I think I speak for a lot of us who opposed the agreement".

The Europeans seem more inclined to try to "build" on the deal in this way.

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