- John Kirby: There's no sense in unraveling a deal with constraints on Iran racing to a bomb
- Tillerson wrong to suggest deal should have included Iran's other misbehavior, he says
John Kirby, a CNN contributor, is a retired rear admiral in the US Navy who has been a spokesman for both the State and Defense departments. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)After his campaign promise that he would "rip up" the agreement, it must have galled Donald Trump for his administration to certify to Congress that Iran is meeting its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal. That's probably why, in the certification letter Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent to Congress this week, he added that little bit about the administration's review of the deal and the possibility of revisiting the nuclear-related sanctions the United States lifted to secure it.