President Trump said today that he will not certify that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal negotiated under the Obama administration. Earlier, he had declared that Iran is not living up to the ‘spirit’ of the deal. By expressing this sentiment, Trump is effectively forcing Congress to decide whether or not to reimpose sanctions on Iran — sanctions that would kill the deal. If Congress doesn’t act, Trump has threatened to end the deal entirely. 

The Iran nuclear deal requires that the U.S. certify Iran as compliant every 90 days — which Trump has done twice before, albeit reluctantly. As The New York Times explained, even when nuclear inspectors and U.S. intelligence agencies certify Iranian compliance, Trump is allegedly opposed to re-certifying every 90 days.

The deal may affect the fate of history graduate student Xiyue Wang, who was detained in Iran well over a year ago. Wang, a U.S. citizen, was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage. Wang lost an appeal of his conviction in August, and a vigil was held in September in his honor.

Assistant Vice President of Communications Daniel Day explained in an email that the University is continuing to do everything it can "to be supportive of Mr. Wang and his family and of efforts to seek his safe return home." 

Trump has also added more sanctions to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard for supporting terrorism, the Associated Press reported. Additionally, while Trump explained that he wanted to keep the 2015 deal intact for now, he will ask Congress to create “trigger points” that would, if crossed, prompt the U.S. to reimpose the same sanctions that existed before the deal. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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