WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Iran (all times local):
Officials say President Donald Trump is planning to deliver an Iran policy speech next week, and he is expected to say that the landmark 2015 nuclear deal is no longer in the U.S. national security interest.
U.S. officials say the White House has tentatively scheduled Trump's speech for Oct. 12 in Washington. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss planning for the event.
Trump faces an Oct. 15 deadline to notify Congress whether Iran is still complying with the nuclear accord and that the deal serves American interests.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that Trump's national security team has prepared a recommendation on how to proceed that contains several options and recognizes the nuclear deal is just one element of overall Iran strategy.
The future of the Iran nuclear deal may hinge on a face-saving fix for President Donald Trump so he doesn't have to recertify the Islamic republic's compliance every 90 days.
U.S. officials say the mandated reviews have become such a source of embarrassment for Trump that his national security aides are seeking ways for him to stop signing off on the seven-nation accord without scuttling it entirely.
The president has called the agreement one of America's "worst and most one-sided transactions" ever. Officials say Trump hates a provision in a 2015 U.S. law — known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act — that requires him to tell Congress every three months if Iran is meeting promises to scale back its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.