White House aware of ‘potential negative impacts’ of Iran deal review

Reuters

(Adds quotes from briefing, background)  WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) - The White House is aware of"potential negative impacts" from a review ordered by PresidentDonald Trump of whether lifting sanctions through the Irannuclear deal was in U.S. national security interests, hisspokesman said on Wednesday. Asked at a news briefing if Trump had decided to pull out ofthe 2015 deal, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the 90-dayinter-agency review, announced on Tuesday, would makerecommendations on the path forward. The agreement between Iran and six world powers, negotiatedduring Barack Obama's presidency, placed limitations on Iran'snuclear program in exchange for lifting international oil andfinancial sanctions against Iran.

During his presidential campaign, Trump called the agreement"the worst deal ever negotiated." Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned in Novemberthat Tehran would retaliate if the United States breached thenuclear agreement. [nL8N1DO28N] Asked if the White House was concerned that toughersanctions on Iran could motivate it to violate the agreement,Spicer said: "We're well aware of any potential negative impactsthat an action could have. "Regardless whether it's an economic, political or militaryaction you always weigh those kinds of actions." When Spicer was questioned whether Trump was concerned Iranwas cheating on the deal, he said "That's why he's asking forthis review. If he didn't, if he thought everything was fine hewould've allowed this to move forward." "Part of the review ... is to determine where Iran is incompliance with the deal and to make recommendations to thepresident on the path forward," Spicer said. In a letter to U.S.

House of Representatives Speaker PaulRyan on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Iranremained compliant with the 2015 deal, but there were concernsabout its role as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Tillerson said Trump had ordered a review led by theNational sk© Security SAVER SALE Council to evaluate whether suspension ofsanctions related to the nuclear deal was "vital to the nationalsecurity interests of the United States." [nL3N1HR1L6] <^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Reuters: U.S. says Iran complies with nuke deal but ordersreview on lifting sanctions [nL3N1HR1L6] ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^> (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Doina Chiacu; Writing by SusanHeavey; Editing by Andrew Hay) ((202-898-8300; Reuters Messaging:[email protected][1]))Keywords: IRAN NUCLEAR/USA WHITEHOUSE (UPDATE 1, PIX)


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