Trump Pushes to Revisit Iran Nuclear Deal, and Asks Allies to Help – New York Times
That by itself would not abrogate the deal, but would give Congress 60 days to reimpose sanctions on Iran, an action that would mean an end to the agreement, at least for the United States. Mr. Trump may see decertification, or the threat of it, as leverage to press Iran and the other powers to restart talks. He could offer to certify for another 90 days if other parties agreed to explore new negotiations.
On Wednesday, the president teased reporters who asked him whether he had decided what to do. “I have decided,” he said, repeating the phrase three times. Pressed by reporters, he added: “I’ll let you know. I’ll let you know.”
Mr. Trump remained coy later when he met with Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain and declined to tell her his decision either. “Prime Minister May asked him if he would share it with her and he said no,” Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said.
Mr. Tillerson met in the evening with counterparts from the other countries that brokered the deal — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — as well as Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif. It was the first time Mr. Tillerson had been in the same room with Mr. Zarif since taking office and he described the session as businesslike.
“It was a good opportunity to meet, shake hands,” he told reporters. “The tone was very matter of fact. There was no yelling. We didn’t throw shoes at one another.”
Mr. Tillerson acknowledged that international inspectors have found that Iran “is in technical compliance with the agreement, and no one around the table took exception to that.” But he argued that Iran was violating the larger aspirations of the deal by engaging in destabilizing activities not directly covered by it, like supporting terrorist groups.
He also conceded that prospects of persuading the other powers, much less Iran, to revisit the deal were daunting, even as he said he remained optimistic. When negotiating as chief executive of Exxon Mobil, Mr. Tillerson said he had learned that “it always gets the darkest before you might have a breakthrough.”