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Report: Trump to 'decertify' Iran nuclear deal

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce next week that he will "decertify" the 2015 international pact limiting Iran's nuclear activities, saying the deal is not in the U.S. national interest, The Washington Post reported.

Trump will deliver a speech tentatively set for Oct. 12 and set out a broader approach to confronting Iran that would open the door to modifying the nuclear deal, according to the report, which cited sources briefed on a developing White House strategy.

Reuters noted that decertifying the landmark nuclear deal, which will send the issue to Congress to address, would be the first step in a process that could lead to the end of the pact and the resumption of U.S. sanctions against Iran.

The administration faces an Oct. 15 deadline for certifying Iran's compliance with the accord, which was signed by major world powers. On Oct. 4, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers that Iran is "fundamentally" abiding by the deal.