White House: If it’s not changed, Trump prepared to ‘potentially’ exit Iran deal
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White House: If it’s not changed, Trump prepared to ‘potentially’ exit Iran deal

Earlier Monday, Netanyahu reportedly tells foreign diplomats the US president will walk away from nuclear agreement if 3 major parts of accord are not amended

Eric Cortellessa covers American politics for The Times of Israel.

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah talks to reporters during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, in Washington, February 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah talks to reporters during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, in Washington, February 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON — If Congress and America’s European allies are unable to amend the Iran nuclear deal, US President Donald Trump is prepared to “potentially” walk away from it, the White House said on Monday.

That language was softer than Trump’s own speech in January, when he waived sanctions against Tehran, as required under the accord, but stated explicitly that if an agreement to fix what he deems the pact’s flaws was not reached, he would “withdraw from the deal immediately.”

Asked whether he could confirm reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told French and German diplomats on Monday that Trump will leave the deal if three parts of the deal are not modified, Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters, “If changes aren’t made, the president is prepared to potentially withdraw from the agreement.”

Shah said he could not confirm or deny reports of what the Israeli premier might have said in a meeting.

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