President Trump plans to back out of the Iran nuclear deal next week ahead of an Oct. 15 deadline to certify if Tehran is complying with the terms, people familiar with the decision told The Washington Post.
Iran agreed in the 2015 deal with the U.S., Russia, China, and three European powers to curb its nuclear program in order to be protected against new sanctions. In April and June, Trump reluctantly certified that Iran is still meeting the terms. The president has long been a critic of the Obama-era agreement.
Trump's announcement is tentatively planned for Oct. 12. The president will "hold off on recommending that Congress reimpose sanctions on Iran that would abrogate the agreement," the Post writes, meaning the deal will technically hold as lawmakers are given 60 days to decide how to proceed.