Corker predicts Trump will pull out of Iran nuclear deal

Pompeo may be even more hawkish on Iran than Trump a bad sign for the Iran nuclear deal

"We will therefore be circulating in the coming days a list of persons and entities that we believe should be targeted in view of their publicly demonstrated roles", the document said, referring to Iranian ballistic missile tests and Tehran's role in backing Syria's government in the seven-year-old civil war.

President Donald Trump has threatened to take the USA out of the deal, to which Tehran said it would respond by also backing out. In exchange, the six powers agreed to lift sanctions that were imposed on the Islamic Republic over a decade due to its nuclear program.

Still, the issue is highly sensitive because the 2015 pact between Iran and six major powers ― Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States ― lifted worldwide sanctions that crippled Iran's oil-based economy.

The former Republican congressman has been a vocal critic of the landmark Iran nuclear deal ever since it was signed in 2015.

Hook indicated that it would cover Iran's ballistic missile programme, its regional activities, the expiration of parts of the nuclear deal in the mid-2020s and tighter United Nations inspections. Doing so would buy USA negotiators time to deal with elements of the agreement Trump has disparaged - such as its expiration dates on key nuclear constraints - and missile and terrorism concerns. In fact, most of Israel's top military analysts now say it is only matter of time before further violence, probably on a much larger scale, develops between Israel and Iran. "This country is not very dependable".

Pompeo has said Russian interference had no impact on the outcome of the 2016 race for the White House, which is not something US intelligence agencies say they are even qualified to assess.

The importance of the meeting grew especially after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked for several reasons, including his position on Iran and JCPOA.

This is especially telling when you consider that the deadline for fixing the flaws to the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is now less than two months away, on May 12. The document proposes building on the existing restrictions imposed by the European Union against Syria.

Daryl Kimball, Executive Director at the Arms Control Association and a regular contributor to the 38 North website, said: "Tillerson was a moderating influence on the administration's foreign policy and his departure may have significant implications for the administration's approach on key issues, including the Trump-Kim summit and the future of the Iran deal". That is because other countries, businesses and financial institutions would be inclined to curb their interactions with Iran, eroding any motivation for Iran to stay in it. "And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately".

The differences are even more stark on the sunset provisions, which are codified in the nuclear deal and which the Europeans and Iran regard as inviolable, according to the diplomats.

The nuclear deal's terms did not cover ballistic missile activity.

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