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ART OF THE DEAL? Iran Willing to Negotiate Ballistic Missile Program

President Trump has been dangling the Iran deal on a thread. Now, the Islamic Republic is blinking.

As President Trump prepares to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran is desperately trying to live up to the spirit of the law like the United States has demanded, according to a report from Reuters.

Though various entities have said that Iran has followed the letter of the 2015 agreement, the president has maintained that the Islamic Republic has continually violated the treaty’s spirit with its ballistic missile development.

That all could change amid reports that Trump would decertify the agreement:

But the sources said that given U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to ditch the deal reached under his predecessor Barack Obama, Tehran had approached the powers recently about possible talks on some “dimensions” of its missile program.

“During their meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly last month, Iran told members of the (world powers) that it could discuss the missile program to remove concerns,” an Iranian source with knowledge of the meeting told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The Trump administration had been charging toward a process of reimposing crippling sanctions on the Iranian economy before this report on Friday.

Iran’s recently discovered access to previously sanctioned western markets could be motivating their disinterest in seeing American economic barriers reimposed. Whatever the reason, it appears that Trump’s threat to tear up the agreement has brought Iran back to the table.