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The Iran nuclear deal survives; the flu is officially everywhere in the US.
The Iran nuclear deal lives another day
- Yet again, President Donald Trump threatened to not approve the US nuclear deal with Iran, and then approved it at the last minute. [USA Today / Oren Dorell]
- On Friday, Trump signed off on the nuclear deal (something he must recertify every 120 days), while vowing that it would be the last time he would do so. [Vox / Zeeshan Aleem]
- Trump said he would reimpose the US sanctions on the country that the deal was meant to relieve if European leaders and the US Congress did not do more to change the scope of the deal. [CNBC / Tom DiChristopher]
- Specifically, Trump wants more inspections of Iranian nuclear programs, as well as to get rid of current clauses that allow the country to keep enriching uranium once the deal formally ends. [NYT / Mark Landler]
- With this move, Trump is putting more pressure on Europe. European leaders have so far said they’ll discuss the situation, but they haven’t shown a ton of appetite for agreeing with him. [Associated Press / Matthew Lee]
- The US Treasury Department also slapped new economic sanctions on multiple Iranian businesses and individuals, including the head of the country’s judicial system. These sanctions are largely a reaction to recent economic protests in the country, which Trump has weighed in on by siding with the protesters. [Voice of America]
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