Key U.S. lawmaker supports strict enforcement of Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce said here Wednesday that the Iran nuclear deal should be strictly enforced, and the United States will work with allies on the issue.

At a hearing on Iran, the Republican heavyweight representative also urged Washington not to put an end to the deal.

"As flawed as the deal is, I believe we must now enforce the hell out of it," Royce said.

U.S. President Donald Trump was expected to announce later this week his Iran strategy, including whether the administration will decertify Iran's compliance with the landmark nuclear deal.

The Trump administration is due to inform the Congress by Oct. 15 whether Tehran is complying with the deal. If it decides Tehran is not, it could open the way for U.S. lawmakers to reimpose sanctions against Iran.

Trump has long criticized the pact. In his speech delivered at the United Nations General Assembly last month, Trump called the agreement "an embarrassment" for the United States.

The document, reached between Iran and the six countries of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany in July 2015, has helped defuse Iran's nuclear crisis and bolstered international non-proliferation.

Last month, the International Atomic Energy Agency, a UN nuclear watchdog, said Iran was playing by the rules set out in the nuclear accord.

[ Editor: meng ]


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