Trump to deliver Iran policy speech Oct. 12


WASHINGTON (AP) Developments on Friday, Oct. 6, about President Donald Trump and Iran (all times Eastern Daylight Time).

  • 2:03 p.m.

Officials said President Trump was planning to deliver an Iran policy speech and was expected to say the landmark 2015 nuclear deal was no longer in the U.S. national security interest.

Administration officials said Trump’s speech had been tentatively scheduled for Oct. 12 in Washington. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss planning for the event.

Trump faces an Oct. 15 deadline to notify Congress whether Iran was still complying with the nuclear accord and that the deal served American interests.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump’s national security team prepared a recommendation on how to proceed that contained several options and recognized the nuclear deal was just one element of overall Iran strategy.

  • 3:53 a.m.

The future of the Iran nuclear deal may hinge on a face-saving fix for the president so he doesn’t have to recertify the Islamic republic officials compliance every 90 days.

U.S. officials said the mandated reviews have become such a source of embarrassment for Trump that his national security aides sought ways for him to stop signing off on the seven-nation accord without scuttling it entirely.

The president called the agreement one of America’s “worst and most one-sided transactions ever.” Officials said Trump hated a provision in the 2015 U.S. law  known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act that required him to tell Congress every three months if Iran met its promises to scale back on nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.