Tensions Rise as White House Criticizes Nuclear Deal

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the media following a meeting with Iranian leaders over the Iran nuclear deal on September 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In an address to the United Nations last week, President Trump called the 2015 Iran nuclear deal “an embarrassment to the United States,” and over the weekend tweeted that Iran had test launched a ballistic missile. U.S. intelligence officials have since been unable to confirm the launch actually took place, saying that “as far as we can see, it did not happen.” Meanwhile, European diplomats, meeting Monday in Washington, said that the nuclear deal must not be renegotiated, and warned they’d retaliate if the United States tried to penalize European companies doing business with Iran. We discuss the future of the agreement and the status of U.S.-Iran relations.

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Guests:

Abbas Milani, director of Iranian studies, Stanford University; co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution
Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of the Foreign Policy program, the Brookings Institution; editor, Markaz,

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