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Trump will not ratify Iran nuclear deal as more sanctions are approved

US President Donald Trump signs an executive order, October 12, 2017. (File photo: Reuters)

A source in the White House revealed to Al Arabiya Television on Thursday that US President Donald Trump will announce on Friday his refusal to ratify the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The move comes just as the US Congress’ Foreign Affairs Committee approved a new law imposing more sanctions on Iran for their Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program on Thursday.

The source added that national security adviser HR McMaster and Chairman of the Joined Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford informed Congress on Thursday that President Trump’s intention is not to ratify the agreement. The Whitehouse will make the official announcement on Friday.

New sanctions approved

In response to Iran’s ballistic missile proliferation activites in the past year the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved the ‘Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act’ legislation, introduced by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, whic expands sanctions against Iran for its illicit ballistic missile program.

“Today’s important bill requires a comprehensive investigation to identify and designate the companies, banks, and individuals – both inside and outside Iran – which supply the regime’s missile and conventional weapons programs, subjecting them to sanctions,” said Chairman Royce.

“As former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter warned, ‘the I in ICBM stands for intercontinental, which means having the capability from flying from Iran to the United States.’ There is no question that the U.S. must take strong action now to curb Iran’s dangerous pursuit of ballistic missiles, “ Royce added.

The US administration has to provide a report on Iran’s ballistic missile proliferation activities with in 90 days for the law to pass.

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Last Update: Friday, 13 October 2017 KSA 07:54 - GMT 04:54
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