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    Iran Nuclear Deal 'On Life Support,' Priebus Says; Won't Say Trump Will Kill It

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    The Iran nuclear agreement is "on life support," incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said January 15, but he wouldn't say whether, in the end, it might survive a Trump administration.

    President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on promises to "tear up" the historic deal that swapped sanctions relief for commitments from Iran to end its uranium enrichment programs, limit its nuclear fuel stockpiles and allow international observers into its nuclear power and research facilities. His rhetoric has softened somewhat recently, to include terms like "renegotiate" rather than "dismantle."

    "We all know that President-elect Trump doesn't like the Iran deal, thinks it's a terrible document, thinks it will create a nuclear arms race in the Middle East," Priebus said.

    However, the decision on what to do with the deal would be a collective one, he explained. Trump will get his Cabinet, the intelligence community and "everyone you'd want in the room making decisions about that particular document" and treaties like it.

    When pressed on whether chucking the deal could still be considered a promise, Trump's chief of staff said, "I think it's on life support, I'll put it that way, but I'm not here to declare one way or the other ultimately where this is going to go."

    Some of the members of the team Priebus said would be in on the decision have not taken as strong a position as the president-elect. James Mattis, his choice for secretary of defense, called the agreement "imperfect" in his confirmation hearing last week, but said "when America gives her word, we have to live up to it and work with our allies."

    Trump's pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, said in his hearing he would recommend a "full review" of the deal with Iran, but also stopped short of suggesting scrapping it.

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    • avatar
      jas
      The most important issue for me to to stabilize relations with everyone (peace) and put a leash on McCain. Hopefully with a choke chain.
    • Amin von Elysion
      he cant tear up the deal anyway since its not an iranian american deal its an international deal and the usa doesnt own the world even if it wished that this was the case
    • avatar
      TravelAbout
      Yet again the US is acting as if this a Unipolar world where they believe that the only things that matter is what they think or do. There's SIX countries that signed that agreement (which Iran has kept its part). Yes the vassal states of France, UK & Germany will tow the US line but there's also Russia & China who won't.

      This again for the umpteen time shows that the US word is worthless!
    • avatar
      nonyank
      Iran needs to write out US participation and carry on with the others.
    • avatar
      beydety
      If USA tears their deal, then it'll they and not +5 who'll lose out.
    • avatar
      cast235
      TRUMP does what ISRAEL orders.
      But this is an international deal and illegal sanctions could get U.S in some difficulties. Oh they won't say anything.
      Of course , why waste the time and hot air.
      But there be responses.
      Russia and China and the rest may just STOMP on them and leave U.S isolated.
      the world is looking to de-power U.S and end the reign of sanctions.
      Don't tempt them.
    • siberianhusky
      Would be great for Iran of the Donald would scrap the Nuclear deal with Iran.
      Give Iran the opportunity to go full bore in producing nuclear bombs to keep the Yankees and Israel out of there country. Let's see what Putin and China would do when that happens.
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