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The scope of new measures related to Iran are far more limited than President Trump’s statement would indicate.
Trump can exercise his right to decertify the Iran deal due to policy considerations, not material breach, thanks to Congress.
Trump's focus on the Iran deal misses the bigger issue: the need for a U.S. strategy to persuade Tehran to play a constructive role in the region.