A senior U.S. official told The Washington Times that the Trump administration is considering leaving the region, a move that could jeopardize a deal on Iran’s nuclear program that was announced in November.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the deliberations publicly, said the administration is weighing options on its role in the region that could affect how the U.N. Security Council, the U.”s main negotiating partner, treats Tehran.
He added that the administration believes that it can avoid the sanctions relief that the deal could secure by staying out of the region.”
The Trump administration has been working hard to win the support of the U, but the region is a key issue.
The United States will be looking for ways to make sure the region remains united and does not lose its leadership role in negotiating with Tehran, the official said.
The administration is also considering ending the sanctions on Tehran and leaving Iran’s oil exports on hold, according to the official.
But he declined to offer details on how the administration will do so.
The Trump team is looking at ways to avoid the potential of a trade war between the United States and other countries over Iran, the source said.
It is also weighing how it can preserve its global influence without jeopardizing the deal, the person said.
The U.K. and Germany are expected to decide this week whether to join the talks, and the European Union is expected to announce its position soon.
But the decision will be a political one, with British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel expected to make their case for remaining in the deal.
If the U turns away from the deal and the U., Britain, France and Germany join the negotiations, the deal is expected be rejected, but it is unlikely to be formally ratified by the Security Council.
The U and the other signatories are hoping to secure the backing of the other 15 members of the council to put an agreement to a vote.
The final version of the deal must pass a two-thirds majority in the Security Court to be considered binding.