'Calm Before the Storm': Trump Makes Cryptic Remarks at Military Dinner

Helga Schmid

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Trump said to reporters during a media photo-op preparing for dinner after a meeting with military officials to discuss Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).

"You know what this represents?"

Trump has desperately sought a pretext to scrap or weaken the nuclear pact, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and get rid of the limits it imposes on the United States ability to pursue more hostile policies against Iran.

Speaking to reporters on a visit to Kazakhstan on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he hoped Trump would make a "balanced" decision on the agreement.

"Maybe it's the calm before the storm..." The president is said to be tired of a tenet of the deal wherein he must go to Congress every 90 days to report whether Iran is complying with it and if it remains in the national interest of the US.

Donald Trump has sparked confusion and speculation as he said a meeting with some of his top military leaders could be "the calm before the storm". Trump said while standing for a photo with military leaders.

Supporters of the deal say an arms race could erupt in the Middle East should it collapse, while critics say it gave too many concessions to Tehran without requiring it to halt its nuclear program completely.

She later denied that President Trump was trying to mislead the press.

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The White House is outright refusing to explain the President's statement.

Reporters asked the president what he was talking about, what storm was coming.

"You'll find out", POTUS replied.

"In North Korea, our goal is denuclearization", the president said. "And it will be done, if necessary - believe me".

In a speech last month at the United Nations, Trump warned that the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if needed to defend itself or US allies. Previously, Trump had said Iran hasn't lived up to the "spirit" of the global agreement.

If Trump abandons the Iran nuclear deal tension will escalate in the already distressed South Asian region.

The move could lead to renewed U.S. sanctions against Iran, unnamed senior administration officials said.

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