Foreign Policy: Trump marginalized the role of the US State Department on the nuclear agreement
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has withdrawn the task of reviewing the nuclear deal with Iran from the foreign ministry and putting it in the hands of a group of White House staff, Foreign Policy magazine reported.
The report said that the decision may allow Trump to take "punitive" measures on Tehran, asserting that Trump came to the conviction that the ministry failed to highlight Iran's failure to abide by the agreement.
A source close to the White House told the magazine: "The president assigned a team from the White House to prepare the file, which was previously assigned to Secretary of State Rex Tilerson," and the source considered Trump aimed at this step to exclude the State Department, which failed, in his view, Giving him justifications for withdrawal from the agreement and the possibility of accountability and deterrence of the Iranian regime.
Trump said the 90-day deadline would expire in October so his administration could re-evaluate the nuclear deal with Tehran and report on it. Trump also asked Foreign Secretary Rex Tilerson in the last review to give him the foundation to punish Tehran, Foreign Affairs. Saj