President Trump is announcing plans Friday to decertify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying it is no longer in the United States’ national security interest — while kicking a decision over whether to restore sanctions back to Congress.
“It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Trump’s speech, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the president will use the Congressional Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act to decertify the agreement.
Congress could then decide to restore sanctions, do nothing or make changes to the law.
Tillerson said the president will press Congress to amend the act to put into place provisions that would trigger sanctions if certain lines are crossed.
Friday’s announcement, though, does not withdraw the United States from the Iran deal.
Fox News’ Serafin Gomez contributed to this report.