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Trump resists pressure to soften stance on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump finds himself under immense pressure as he considers de-certifying the international nuclear deal with Iran, a move that would ignore warnings from inside and outside his administration that to do so would risk undermining US credibility.

 

Trump is expected to unveil a broad strategy on confronting Iran this week, likely on Friday. There was always the chance he could still

have a last-minute change of heart and certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 accord, which he has called an "embarrassment" and the "worst deal ever negotiated."

 

Senior U.S. officials, European allies and prominent US lawmakers have told Trump that refusing to certify the deal would leave the US isolated, concede the diplomatic high ground to Tehran, and ultimately risk the unraveling of the agreement.