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Democratic Party Passes Resolution Calling For U.S. To Re-enter Iran Nuclear Deal

The Democratic National Committee passed a resolution calling on the United States to re-enter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, from which President Donald Trump withdrew last May. The move signals the party will focus on the hot-button—and largely partisan—issue in the run-up to the 2020 presidential elections. President Trump has described the accord as the worst-ever forged, and is urging European countries to align more closely with his hardline policy that includes the recent re-imposition of sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Despite the White House’s effort to torpedo the agreement, other parties to the deal—Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China—have all committed to keeping it alive. To this end, the Europeans are in the process of formalizing a mechanism that will allow continued non-dollar trade with Tehran with a view to circumventing American financial penalties. President Trump has expressed a willingness to re-negotiate a better deal with Iran that limits in perpetuity Tehran’s enrichment of uranium; addresses the country’s ballistic missile program which the U.S. administration deems a violation of international law; and curbs the mullahs’ “nefarious” activities throughout the Middle East.