Trump ready to pull out of Iran deal: Bob Corker

Press TV – US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker says President Donald Trump is ready to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear agreement next month.

“If nothing changes between now and May 12, the president is absolutely going to withdraw from the agreement,” the Republican senator from Tennessee said on Wednesday.

Corker said “many people around the president” would like to see cooperation between the US and Europeans to put pressure on Iran so that the country changes its behavior in the Middle East region.

Corker, one of the main architects of anti-Iran sanctions in the Senate, said French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to the US by the end of April and will likely discuss the Iran deal with the Trump administration.

Trump has been a vocal critic of the Iran nuclear deal which was signed between Tehran and six world powers — the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China — plus Germany — in 2015.

Trump has called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) the “worst deal ever” and even threatened to tear it up.

Corker’s statement comes ahead of a May 12 deadline for Trump to decide whether to extend waivers of economic sanctions on Iran, a US commitment under the agreement.

In January, he did extend those waivers, but said the European signatories should fix “the terrible flaws” of the accord by May 12 or he will refuse to do that again.

Earlier this month, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said the United States would get out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on the Islamic republic.

She accused Iran of supporting terrorism and violating the terms of the historic nuclear agreement and went on to say that the Europeans are closing their eyes on this but added that the United States would not do that.

Last month, Trump brought two anti-Iran hawks into his cabinet, fueling speculation that he could be preparing to withdraw the US from the deal.

Ex-CIA chief Mike Pompeo has been nominated to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, while John Bolton was picked as Trump’s national security adviser.