Trump to target Iran nuclear deal, Revolutionary Guard in speech

  • Friday 13, October 2017 in 6:14 PM
  • U.S. President Donald Trump
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: President Donald Trump will outline a tougher U.S. strategy for countering Iran on Friday that will seek to strengthen the enforcement of what he considers a flawed nuclear deal and deny funding for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
“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 White House statement that laid out key elements of the strategy.

Trump is to deliver a speech at 12:45 p.m. EDT to announce a confrontational new approach to U.S. policy toward Iran. In a big shift, he is expected to say he will not certify Iran’s compliance with a 2015 nuclear accord negotiated by world powers including Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.

The new strategy will include three key goals: Fixing the nuclear deal to make it harder for Iran to develop a weapon, addressing its ballistic missile programme and countering Iranian activities that Washington says contribute to instability in the Middle East.

Trump believes the nuclear deal as it is now structured will eventually allow Iran to develop a weapon and wants to toughen U.S. policy to prohibit that eventuality. Iran says its nuclear programme is peaceful and denies it is developing nuclear weapons.

Trump’s intent with his new strategy is to expand U.S. policy beyond just the nuclear agreement and take steps to address other Iranian behavior.

“The United States’ new Iran strategy focuses on neutralising the government of Iran’s destabilisng influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants,” the White House fact sheet said.

The White House statement said Trump would work to deny funding for the Iranian government, particular its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

 “Most importantly, we will deny the Iranian regime all paths to a nuclear weapon,” it said.