White House confirms Iran deal review

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer takes a question during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, on April 17, 2017. (Reuters)

The White House has ordered a review of the Iran nuclear deal, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

Asked at a news briefing if Trump had decided to pull out of the 2015 deal, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the 90-day inter-agency review, announced on Tuesday, would make recommendations on the path forward.

The agreement between Iran and six world powers, negotiated during Barack Obama’s presidency, placed limitations on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting international oil and financial sanctions against Iran.

During his presidential campaign, Trump called the agreement “the worst deal ever negotiated.”

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned in November that Tehran would retaliate if the United States breached the nuclear agreement.

Compliance 

When Spicer was questioned whether Trump was concerned Iran was cheating on the deal, he said “That’s why he’'s asking for this review. If he didn’t, if he thought everything was fine he would’ve allowed this to move forward.”

“Part of the review ... is to determine where Iran is in compliance with the deal and to make recommendations to the president on the path forward,” Spicer said.

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