(WASHINGTON TIMES) Iran’s top leaders on Wednesday rejected the idea that Donald Trump’s surprise victory undercuts the international deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear programs, as a top contender for secretary of state in the Trump administration said he doubts the president-elect will “just rip the agreement up” on his first day of office.
But Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican who has acknowledged he is “in the mix” for a top Trump Cabinet slot, also said the incoming president will have a mandate from the Republican-dominated Congress to sharply enforce the 2015 nuclear accord — and that Iranians “likely will hang themselves” with violations of the deal.
Mr. Corker made the comments as advocacy groups reached new heights to jockey for influence of Mr. Trump’s approach to Iran. The Islamic republic’s two top leaders dismissed concerns that Mr. Trump’s win jeopardized the agreement, which lifted punishing international sanctions on the Iranian economy.
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