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Schiff: Breaking Iran deal ‘a grave mistake’

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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffSchiff: Breaking Iran deal ‘a grave mistake’ Trump may miss deadline on Russia report Schiff: Dems failed to convey why Russian meddling matters MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday warned President Trump’s administration against abandoning the Iran nuclear deal.

The State Department informed Congress Tuesday that the U.S. would keep easing sanctions against Iran as Tehran is complying with the nuclear pact.

President Trump has also ordered a full review of the 2015 agreement, which he has repeatedly criticized as a failure of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.

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“Notwithstanding, Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote in a letter to Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanSchiff: Breaking Iran deal ‘a grave mistake’ Week ahead: Congress returns from recess to work on healthcare, spending bill GOP rep to potential Senate rival: Don’t run MORE (R-Wis.).

Tillerson added that the National Security Council will review the details of the deal, which is called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“[The review] will evaluate whether suspension of the of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States,” he said.

State must update Congress on Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA every 90 days, with Tuesday marking the first report issued under Trump.

The JCPOA reduced economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for greater restrictions on its nuclear energy program.

Trump said Thursday that Iran is “not living up to the spirit of the agreement,” adding he considers the overall accord “terrible.”

“It shouldn’t have been signed,” he said in the White House’s East Room. “It shouldn’t have been negotiated the way that it was negotiated. And we are analyzing it very carefully, and we will have something to say about it in the not-too-distant future.”

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