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>> We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror, and the very real threat of Iran's nuclear breakdown.>> President Donald Trump on Friday accusing Iran of violating the 2015 Nuclear Agreement, but keeping the deal in place for now. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Trump is ratcheting up the pressure on Iran saying that country is not living up to the spirit of the agreement, and adding that he is ready to pull the plug at any time.
Going about as far as he possibly can without actually blowing the deal up. But Trump's not making any final decision here, he's handling that task of to Congress. Which will now determine whether the deal survives or falls apart. Trump giving Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimposed sanctions that were lifted in 2015.
When Iran agreed to suspend its nuclear weapons program. Like Trump many Republicans unhappy with the deal seeing it as overly generous towards a country that sponsors terrorist groups, and undermines stability in the Middle East. But Republican leaders indicating that they may leave the deal in place, worried the United States would lose leverage if it pulled out.
> Iran saying in response that it will expand its non-nuclear missile program, but will otherwise stick to the nuclear deal. Trump's remarks putting the United States at odds with international inspectors who see Iran is keeping up its end of the bargain. Also increasing tensions with other countries that signed the deal.
European allies saying the United States undermining its credibility by putting the deal in limbo. Russia's saying Trump's aggressive rhetoric has no place in international diplomacy. This is the latest iteration of Trumps' America first philosophy. He's pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, he's killed a 12 nation pacific trade deal.
And he could end up torpedoing a North American Free Trade Agreement as well. This is rattling America's adversaries like North Korea and Iran, but it's also spooking allies like Germany and France, United States increasingly isolated on the world stage.