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Hard-liners have been urging the president next week to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement but insist that he wants to strengthen the deal, not break it.Apparently, the idea is that American pressure will convince Iran to make unilateral concessions that it refused during the 13 years the deal was being negotiated.Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former Iranian official who stays in close touch with his ex-colleagues, told me recently that if Trump doesn't certify, but Congress doesn't reimpose sanctions, and the other P5+1 negotiators assure full implementation, then Iran may continue to adhere to the agreement. But he cautioned that this line is opposed by some political factions in Iran who argue for suspending the pact if Trump challenges Iranian compliance.There's a final, crucial reason Trump should certify that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal: Because it's true.A question for the Iran hawks: If America refuses to certify an agreement when a country is "technically" in compliance, why would any other country ever make a deal with us again?
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