US Senator Cotton calls on Trump to decertify Iran nuclear deal

US Senator Tom Cotton has called on the administration of President Donald Trump to decertify the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, just hours after US Defense Secretary James Mattis said the US should remain in the international accord.

Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told an audience at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) on Tuesday that Trump was correct in calling the deal “a direct national security threat.”

“Put simply, this deal only makes sense if you assume, contrary to all experience, that Iran will evolve into a peaceful, law-abiding regime in ten years,” Cotton said at CFR, a New York-based think tank specializing in US foreign policy.

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Mattis said Trump must consider remaining a party to the nuclear deal because the international accord serves US interests.

The remarks by the Pentagon chief were in sharp contrast with Trump’s…

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