President Trump has scheduled an announcement Tuesday afternoon for one of the most serious foreign policy decisions he faces: the fate of the international nuclear deal with Iran that he has vowed to abandon.The historic diplomatic pact, which has successfully blocked Tehran’s nuclear ambitions since it was signed by the Obama administration in mid-2015, long has rankled Trump. His new national security advisor, John Bolton, also has been a vocal critic.The president wrote on Twitter on Monday that he would announce his decision at 2 p.m. Tuesday, four days before he must decide whether to reimpose U.S. economic sanctions that were lifted as part of the accord.Trump has repeatedly put off the decision since his inauguration last year, and his tweet caught many senior intelligence officials off guard. The White House later said Trump would make formal remarks from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.Even as Trump has called the disarmament deal feckless and weak, he has yet to articulate a detailed strategy for containing Iran’s nuclear program if the accord is torn up, or otherwise hampered through new U.S. sanctions.The other signatories — Britain, Russia, France, China and Germany — all have signaled that they will continue… Read full this story
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