TEHRAN (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is going to need to get tough with Iran, and he might have just the thing to do it.
Trump has made a big splash in recent weeks with his executive order imposing sanctions on Iran, which has been blocking Western and Iranian nuclear negotiators from reaching an agreement to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
The move was hailed by many, including Republicans and Democrats, but was widely viewed as a slap at the Islamic Republic, which is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.
The new U.S. president also has the power to change the U.N. Security Council resolution that led to the sanctions, or even reverse them, if he wants.
That means Trump will have to act fast.
Trump’s administration has made it clear that he wants a deal before he leaves office on Jan. 20, but has made no concrete plans about how to go about it.
For now, the focus has been on a new U,D.N.,Nuclear Deal for the 21st Century, a document Trump said he would sign as soon as he takes office.
Trump’s new administration is expected to sign the document within days.
Trump, in a tweet on Monday, said he had “made a decision to take a stand for the American people by signing a new NDA with Iran.
It will end Iran’s nuclear threat.”
But experts are split over how that will play out.
Some believe Trump’s actions could lead to the United States going to war with Iran and possibly triggering a nuclear arms race.
Others see the move as more of a symbolic gesture that could help Trump win re-election in November.
The White House declined to comment on whether Trump has plans to sign any of the new NDCs.
But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday that “he has a lot of flexibility in the future.”
Trump has repeatedly said that he is “very optimistic” about a deal, saying he has spoken to U. S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the White House national security council chief, Lt.
General H.R. McMaster, and has had “conversations with all the people I talk to” about the matter.
He said last week that the United Nations will be a “bargaining chip” in the nuclear talks.
Some of Trump’s critics say the White Congress is not ready to confront Iran because the U to do so could trigger a new war.
Trump has also repeatedly denied reports that he will call on China to impose more sanctions on Tehran.
Some U.s. analysts say that Trump has not shown any interest in negotiating with the Islamic republic because he knows the deal could be deadlocked if it comes to a vote in Congress, and the nuclear agreement could fail.
Trump, however, is still expected to announce his decision on Jan 15, a deadline that could make it difficult for Congress to act on the deal.