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Trump: US will not certify Iran nuclear deal

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WASHINGTON (AP) --  President Donald Trump said Friday that Iran is not living up to the "spirit" of the nuclear deal that it signed in 2015 as he outlined a new strategy in a speech at the White House.

Trump said the administration will seek to counter the regime's destabilizing activities, and will impose additional sanctions on the regime to block its financing of terrorism.

The president said the new strategy will also seek to address the proliferation of Iran's missiles and weapons.

And he said the U.S. will deny Iran's paths to develop nuclear weapons, calling the current deal "one of the worst" and most "one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into."

That leaves it up to Congress to decide the fate of the agreement intended to keep Tehran from developing atomic weapons.

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he'll be introducing legislation in the next two weeks that will address the international agreement that rolled back Iran's nuclear program.

Sen. Bob Corker says the bill won't violate the U.S. commitment to the nuclear deal. He says the measure requires the president to certify to Congress twice a year instead of every 90 days that Iran is complying with the pact. President Donald Trump has bristled over the frequency of the certifications.

The Tennessee Republican says the legislation would reinstitute U.S. sanctions against Iran if Tehran gets within one year of having nuclear weapons. The measure also expands the "verification powers" of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

He says he's working with Republican Sen. Tom Cotton on the legislation.

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