President Trump has twice certified Iran's compliance with the nuclear agreement made during the last administration. However, his patience appears to have run out, according to new reports. The "final nail" in the agreement's coffin appears to have been the International Atomic Energy Agency's admission that it cannot determine if Iran has ceased working on nuclear explosive technology.
If the report proves true, the president will seemingly be going against both his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis, the latter of whom said during a Senate hearing Tuesday that staying in the nuclear deal is in the U.S.'s national security interests.
Tillerson, who just assured the press Wednesday that he has never considered resigning as top diplomat, also noted that he is planning to offer Trump several options regarding how to remain in the nuclear deal.
“We’ll have a recommendation for the president," he said. "We’re going to give him a couple of options of how to move forward to advance the important policy toward Iran.”
Other leaders like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) have publicly rebuked the deal, insisting it will do nothing but make Iran a nuclear power.
.@TomCottonAR explains that the Nuclear Deal with #Iran is a completely one sided agreement that ends with the U.S. making Iran a legitimate Nuclear power. https://t.co/xnuw532YX4 pic.twitter.com/oEEkX3PiwT— Security Studies (@SecStudiesGrp) October 3, 2017
Trump must declare that Iran is not in compliance with the nuclear deal by October 15. Once he does, Congress will have 60 days to debate whether or not to re-issue sanctions against Tehran.