>> Donald Trump will extend sanctions relief granted to Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal, keeping an accord he has railed against intact.>> So incompetently negotiated.>> At least, for now.>> With Iran.>> That's according to a person familiar with the decision, who said Trump will nevertheless now put pressure on the US Congress and European allies to improve the plans.
If that doesn't happen, the US President would renew his threats to withdraw. Congress requires the President to periodically decide whether to certify Iran's compliance with the Obama era deal and to issue a waiver to keep sanctions suspended. Friday, the latest deadline for such a decision. On Thursday, European signatories to the deal, including Britain, France, and Germany urged the President to keep the sanctions lifted.
]>> Trump may have listen to their pleas. Though two senior administration officials told Reuters on Wednesday that he has privately expressed his reluctance to keep the sanctions suspended.>> It's a good deal.>> The deal was hailed by President Barack Obama as key to stopping Iran from building a nuclear bomb.
But Trump has argued Obama negotiated a bad deal for the US. Any future decision to re-impose sanctions would effectively end the accord. Iran has said its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes, but will stick by the deal as long as other signatories respect it. But the Middle Eastern country has said it will shred the pact if Washington pulls out.