Calm before the storm: Did Trump hint at attacking North Korea?

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President Donald Trump summoned the White House press corps Thursday night to photograph his top military aides and their wives.

The Reuters report quoted Iranian and Western officials familiar with the issues, with one former US Defense Department official saying Tehran had tested the waters in recent weeks as rumors Trump would decertify the deal ratcheted up.

Targeted strikes on Iranian nuclear or military facilities is perhaps the most extreme option we examine. US opponents claim that Iran is violating the spirit of the agreement and that the JCPOA is not stringent enough.

The president had met with his military leaders to discuss the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action-Iran nuclear deal-which he must either recertify by October 15, or find Iran is no longer in compliance. National security threat actor information comprises identity attributes and associated information about individuals, organisations, groups or networks assessed to be a threat to the safety, security or national interests of the United States, the memorandum said.

Pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal "doesn't make us tougher with North Korea ... it isolates us from the rest of the world", said an Obama administration official who helped broker the deal.

He then looked down the rows of people standing on either side of him and said: "Thank you all for coming, thank you". The deal has provisions to deal with an Iranian breach, but does not foresee an American non-compliance. The Trump administration has frequently disapproved of Iran's demeanor in the Middle East. Instead, Cotton said, "Congress and the president, working together, should lay out how the deal must change and, if it doesn't, the consequences Iran will face".

The White House remained coy Friday about what President Trump meant when he called a gathering of military advisers the "calm before the storm", with the president winking and declining to elaborate when pressed by a reporter. It is not clear what can happen in the 60 days that Congress has in case Trump does not certify the deal.

He responded: "You'll find out".

President Trump could choose to ignore Iran's compliance and decertify, but there would be no worldwide support for reapplying sanctions to Iran. "I don't think it's responsible.but I think in this instance we probably all should take a deep breath and try to assume he's just making a play for attention", Panetta told CNN. During his campaign, Trump made multiple statements about the deal.

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