WASHINGTON/ANKARA – President Donald Trump will announce on Tuesday whether he will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and a senior US official said it was unclear if efforts by European allies to address Trump’s concerns would be enough to save the pact.
Trump has repeatedly threaten he will pull out of Iran deal. The Iran deal has eased their economic sanctions in exchange for Tehran to limit their nuclear program. The US has said they will stay in the deal unless Britain, France and Germany fix what they call flaws.
A senior official to the US said that European allies have changed their tune, that the European leaders do see the flaws in the deal or defects of the deal. The flaws include the failure to address Iran’s ballistic missile program, the terms under which international inspectors visit suspected Iranian sites, and “sunset” clauses under which some terms expire.
But this senior official said that European allies have not fully convince Trump to stay in the deal.
The official said, “The big question in my mind is does he think the Europeans have moved far enough so that we can all be unified and announce a deal? That’s one option,” said the official. “Or (does he conclude) the Europeans have not moved far enough and we say they’ve got to move more?”
A European diplomat concluded that, “It’s pretty obvious to me that unless something changes in the next few days, I believe the president will not waive the sanctions,” adding he saw only a “very small” chance that Trump will stay in the deal.
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