Trump Won’t Certify The Iran Deal. What’s Next?

President Donald Trump arrives to deliver a statement on Iran policy in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Washington.
President Donald Trump arrives to deliver a statement on Iran policy in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci
President Donald Trump arrives to deliver a statement on Iran policy in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Washington.
President Donald Trump arrives to deliver a statement on Iran policy in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Trump Won’t Certify The Iran Deal. What’s Next?

President Trump decertified Iran’s compliance with an Obama Administration deal to curb the country’s nuclear program on Friday. 

Even though the deal was controversial when it rolled out in 2015, a growing coterie of bipartisan lawmakers think “tearing it up” is a bad idea. The main criticism is that if the U.S. completely backs out of the Iran deal, the onus of keeping Iran in check falls on America’s European allies. 

Since the decertification is only a procedural add-on to the deal imposed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Bob Corker (R) and Ben Cardin (D), Trump’s action wouldn’t pull the U.S. out of the deal as he promised during the campaign. Congress would then have to take up the issue, decide whether or not to sanction Iran, and threaten relations between both U.S. allies and Iran. 

To discuss, we’re joined by Ahmad Sadri, professor of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College.