President Donald Trump is expected to unveil his plans for the Iran deal on Thursday, but in his remarks to reporters at the White House, the president’s top negotiators said they would be announcing their strategy ahead of time.
Trump, in a press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, said the administration was committed to ending the nuclear deal with Tehran and called it the “gold standard” of international relations.
The deal, negotiated under former President Barack Obama, caps Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.
But Tehran and the West have been at odds over a range of issues, including the scope of Iran’s missile program and the Islamic Republic’s commitment to international terrorism.
The White House said Trump and Rouhani would discuss how to make progress on other aspects of the Iran talks and how to move the negotiations forward without Congress.
The two leaders agreed to hold a summit in March next year in Vienna, which will be the first summit since the Iran negotiations began in January.
Trump has not made a decision about whether he will formally certify Iran’s compliance with the deal, and he is expected not to make any such declaration until the new administration is sworn in on Jan. 20.