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US expected to recertify Iran compliance with nuclear deal

The secretaries of state and defense appear to have overruled Iran hawks in the White House and Congress.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis hold a press conference following talks with Chinese diplomatic and defense chiefs at the State Department in Washington, U.S. June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTS183M9

WASHINGTON — The Donald Trump administration is expected to again certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal, possibly as early as Monday, even as it continues to review broader US policy to the Islamic Republic.

“The Trump administration is currently conducting a comprehensive review of our Iran policy,” a State Department official told Al-Monitor today. “Once we have finalized our conclusions, we will meet the challenges Iran poses with clarity and conviction. The Trump administration has made clear that at least until this review is completed, we will adhere to the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] and will ensure that Iran is held strictly accountable to its requirements.”

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