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President Donald Trump speak to members of the media before having lunch with services members in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump reportedly recertified the Iran nuclear deal



President Trump has certified that Iran is complying with the global deal over its nuclear energy capabilities for the second time, according to The New York Times.

The Times reported Monday that Trump’s administration validated Iran’s compliance with the pact that evening after hours of arguing between the president and his top advisers.

Aides told The Times that Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the agreement, pledged to his security team that he would not keep recertifying it indefinitely.

Trump reportedly insisted on a number of actions before administration officials announced Iran’s latest certification Monday night.

The Times reported Trump’s administration will strengthen enforcement of the deal and apply new sanctions on Iran for supporting terrorism.

The U.S. will also purportedly negotiate with European partners about a strategy for increasing pressure on Iran.

Some Twitter users on Tuesday mocked Trump for recertifying the deal, which the president has frequently criticized.

John Bolton, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, urged the Trump administration to scrap the Iran deal much like they had the Paris climate pact.

The Trump administration is reportedly legally obligated to notify Congress whether Iran is abiding by the agreement every 90 days.

Former President Barack Obama’s administration helped craft the historic agreement in 2015, which gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for greater restrictions on its nuclear capabilities.

Trump has often derided the accord, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday said the president considers it “a bad deal for the United States.”

The Treasury Department on Tuesday unveiled new economic sanctions against Iran for its ballistic missile initiative and destabilizing actions in the Middle East.

The new sanctions hit 16 entities and individuals for aiding “illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity,” according to a Treasury statement.

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