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Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 1:19 PM
— President Donald Trump is facing pressure from U.S. and world leaders as several reports say he is expected to decertify the nuclear deal with Iran.
The move, which some expect will come on Friday, could leave the United States on the opposite side of many European allies and, ultimately, unravel the agreement negotiated under President Barack Obama’s administration.
The deal, which gave Iran relief from economic sanctions in return for constraints on its nuclear program took effect in January 2016. Here’s a look at the program and what it means if the president decertifies it.
What is the deal?
The Iranian nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA – called for Iran to impose limits on nuclear research and cut back on enriching uranium. In exchange, the U.S., China France, the United Kingdom and Germany would relax economic sanctions each country imposed on Iran.
JCPOA is a “non-binding political agreement.” Click here to learn the specifics of the plan.
Will the deal be broken if Trump decertifies it?
No, the deal will not be invalidated if the administration decertifies it. While the president is required to certify the deal every 90 days, that certification is not part of the deal. The requirement for certification that Iran is complying with the deal came out of the dissatisfaction by Republicans over the Obama administration’s agreement. Trump has twice certified the deal since he took office in January.
What happens if Trump decertifies the deal?
If Trump decertifies the agreement, Congress will have 60 days in which it can reimpose economic sanctions on Iran. The vote would be a simple majority vote as there is no filibustering the deal. If those sanctions are put back into place, the JCPOA would be considered breached.
However, just because Congress has a window to fast-track legislation doesn’t mean it has to reimpose economic sanctions. Members can choose to do nothing.
What will happen then?
If the U.S. decided to reimpose nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, it would be in breach of the JCPOA.
Who says they are not holding up their end of the deal?
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitors Iran’s actions and has, thus far, confirmed that Iran is in compliance with the deal. The president says he believes they are not following the "spirit" of the deal.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:18 PM
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 9:02 AM
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities found a missing hiker alive early Monday after an overnight search in a Cherokee County park, Canton police said.
Officers said Brendan Dowling, 41, of Kennesaw, was walking on the trails behind Boling Park in Canton when he called 911 about 6:30 p.m. Sunday and said he was lost on Rampley Trail. He told authorities that his cellphone battery was dying, and it died during the call, police spokesman Pacer Cordry said.
Officers launched a search for Dowling and found his vehicle in Boling Park a short time later. At that point, Canton police as well as Cherokee fire and sheriff’s officials launched a wider search using ATVs and a police helicopter.
Dowling was found on a wooded trail about 4:30 a.m. wearing a T-shirt and shorts, Cordry said. He was evaluated by search and rescue personnel and later reunited with family.
"He's an avid runner according to his family, so he's used to running in the woods and trails like this, but obviously he got turned around tonight," Cordry said.
Authorities are still not sure how he got lost.
“We’re still waiting on those details,” Cordry said. “I believe he just entered into the trail and it got dark really quick on him. It’s easy to get turned around in these wooded areas out here.”
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:45 AM
However, that didn't prevent the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta from helping his patients Wednesday.
When Dr. E. Dean McKenzie stepped outside and realized he wouldn't be able to drive to work, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta said he walked a mile through snow and ice to get to the hospital.
A spokeswoman with the hospital told WSB’s Kimberly Richardson they are so thankful to the men and women on their staff who made it possible to continue with surgeries, procedures and exams as winter weather swirled outside this week.
The hospital posted the wonderful tribute on its Facebook page Thursday night. It has already been liked more than 20,000 times, with hundreds commenting and praising staff.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 7:11 PM
BARSTOW, Calif. — Former Disney Channel star Orlando Brown was recently arrested following what authorities say was a violent altercation at an apartment in California.
The 30-year-old “That’s So Raven” actor was reportedly engaged in a dispute with his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s mother when an officer from the Barstow Police Department arrived on the scene at around 8 a.m. Thursday.
The officer realized there were active arrest warrants on Brown and his girlfriend’s mother, so they were both arrested and booked into the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Barstow Jail, according to a police press release.
Brown’s bail was set at $25,000.