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State Department: Iran is wrong, Trump has power to walk away from nuclear deal

State Department: Iran is wrong, Trump has power to walk away from nuclear deal

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Joel Gehrke | Washington Examiner

President-elect Trump will have the power to break the Iran nuclear agreement, the State Department acknowledged, before hastening to argue against such a move.

"It's not a formal treaty, and, of course, no one else can prevent any party to this agreement from walking away," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Tuesday. "The counterargument to that is, why would anyone walk away? Because it's effective."

Trump's plans for the Iran deal aren't clear, given his pledge to "police that contract so tough that they don't have a chance" and that he hasn't picked his secretary of state nominee. Toner emphasized that the State Department is making the case for the deal to the incoming administration, but rejected a series of statements from Iranian leaders that suggest Trump's hands are tied or that the Iranians have the ability to walk away.

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