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Published: 0355 GMT December 02, 2017

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans believe Iran deal serves national security

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans believe Iran deal serves national security

A new study showed that the majority of Americans believe that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, to which Washington is a signatory, serves their country’s national security interests.

According to the poll conducted by the Washington-based Brookings Institution and published on Friday, 70 percent of the respondents agree that the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is beneficial for US interests, while 26 percent disagree, Press TV wrote.

The JCPOA was reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries — namely the US, Russia, China, France, and Britain plus Germany — in July 2015. Under the deal, Iran undertook to apply certain limits to its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has been opposed to the JCPOA, which was negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama. Trump warned in October that he might ultimately “terminate” the nuclear accord.

Except for Washington, all other parties to the JCPOA have announced their support for the agreement and censured any move that could harm it.

Reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency have so far confirmed Iran’s full commitment to its side of the bargain.

Those polled by the Brookings Institution were asked whether they approve or disapprove Trump’s refusal to certify Iran’s adherence to the terms of the JCPOA.

Some 35 percent approved Trump’s move, 37 percent disapproved and 27 percent said they did not know.

The US president has directed his administration “to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws.” The US Congress now has until mid-December to decide whether to reimpose the economic sanctions on Tehran that were lifted under the accord.

This is while the other parties to the deal, along with the entire international community, have thrown their weight behind the accord, praising the Islamic Republic for its full commitment to its side of the bargain.

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