President Donald Trumps first major foreign policy speech on Iran has been a long-awaited moment, with his speech being delivered in front of a cheering audience in Washington, DC, and at the White House in Washington.
The speech has been met with mixed reception, with some Democrats criticizing the president for using the speech to take a swipe at the Iranian government, and some Republicans calling it an important moment in the Iran deal.
Trump’s speech, titled “A New American Century,” was largely a rehash of the president’s first foreign policy address, a two-part speech he delivered in October.
That speech focused on foreign policy and the Iran agreement.
In the speech, the president said he was “deeply concerned” by Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and said that the deal was a “breakthrough in American diplomacy.”
He said he has confidence in the United States as a nation and that the world is in good hands.
The president also said the agreement would “make it harder to bomb Iran, and the international community will be less likely to attack Iran.”
“This agreement will also reduce the pressure on the Iranian regime to use its nuclear weapons program in a way that is consistent with the terms of the agreement, so we can stop this Iranian threat to our national security and world security,” Trump said.
But many analysts have questioned whether the speech is a significant step toward moving the country towards a final deal with Tehran.
The White House says Trump made clear in his speech that he was in favor of an agreement, and noted that the Iran issue will be discussed at a “very high level” of the U.S. delegation to the summit.
Still, some critics have questioned how the president came to speak out against the deal, and how the speech will help with negotiations.
Critics of the speech have also questioned Trump’s strategy of focusing on the Iran accord rather than the wider issue of terrorism, which he has argued is a bigger threat to the U, as he has in previous speeches.
In a tweet Tuesday morning, the Democratic National Committee released a statement saying, “The President is trying to make a statement, but his statement is hollow.
He does not have the authority to impose sanctions on Iran, but he has the power to negotiate with it on a deal that would end our nation’s war on terror.
The American people want a deal, the American people need a deal.
They need a president who can do it, and he has failed on this front.”
In the House, the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to move the president on to other foreign policy matters, including trade.
The House Foreign Relations Committee voted on Wednesday to pass the Iran Nuclear Deal, a bill that will authorise sanctions against Iran if it violates the agreement.
The legislation also authorizes the U to impose economic sanctions on Iranian entities that violate the agreement and the Trump administration to impose additional sanctions if Iran fails to live up to the terms.
Trump also signed a new order Monday that prohibits federal contractors from entering Iran for any purpose other than to perform inspections and certify compliance with the nuclear deal.
The president signed the order after an Iranian court ruled in January that the government had complied with the agreement in a ruling that was widely seen as a victory for the administration.
The Senate has also approved the Iran Deal, which includes sanctions on individuals and entities that fail to comply with the deal and provides the president with more authority to negotiate for a deal with Iran.
The bill now heads to the House.