Why Did Trump Fail to Declare Iran Noncompliant?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel was eagerly awaiting this week's expiration of an American deadline for Iran to come into full compliance with the Obama-brokered nuclear deal.

Iran hadn't fully complied, and it was expected that President Donald Trump would use the opportunity to scuttle the Obama deal and finally hold Iran accountable.

And then he didn't.

The Associated Press is now reporting that Trump intended to publicly call out Iran, but was dissuaded from doing so at the last minute by top cabinet members.

According to the report, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster successfully urged Trump to maintain the status-quo for the next few months so that his new Iran policy can be fully fleshed out.

What that means is that Iran will continue to enjoy sanctions relief until the next deadline three months from now, at which point most expect Trump will be unwilling to give the Islamic Republic another second chance.

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