(WJHL/AP) – President Donald Trump is criticizing the Iran nuclear deal as he discusses his administration’s approach going forward. President Trump says Iran is not living up to the spirit of the 2015 deal.
Trump said in a White House speech that the deal was “one of the worst” and most “one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” Trump is arguing the sanctions lifted by the deal gave the country’s leaders a “lifeline” when they were in financial trouble.
And he says the deal delivered weak inspections in exchange for no more than a temporary delay in Iran’s path to nuclear weapons.
He says the United States will not certify that Iran is complying with nuclear deal and his administration plans on slapping Iran’s Revolutionary Guard with more sanctions for supporting terrorism.
The new plan allows Trump to keep up his criticism of the deal, while also reassuring U.S. allies that Washington will not walk away from it — at least not immediately.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.