Donald Trump to unveil new US responses to Iranian 'bad behaviour'

Trump (above) is "looking at all of the bad behavior of Iran".
Trump (above) is "looking at all of the bad behavior of Iran".PHOTO: NYTIMES

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump will announce new US responses to Iran's missile tests, support for "terrorism" and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy, the White House said on Friday (Oct 6).

"The President isn't looking at one piece of this. He's looking at all of the bad behaviour of Iran," Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters.

"Not just the nuclear deal as bad behaviour, but the ballistic missile testing, destabilising of the region, Number One state sponsor of terrorism, cyber attacks, illicit nuclear programme," Sanders continued.

Trump "wants to look for a broad strategy that addresses all of those problems, not just one-offing those," she said.

"That's what his team is focused on and that's what he'll be rolling out to address that as a whole in the coming days."

A senior administration official told Reuters on Thursday that Trump was expected to announce he will decertify the landmark international deal curbing Iran's nuclear programme, in a step that potentially could cause the accord to unravel.

The administration was considering Oct 12 for Trump to give a speech on Iran but no final decision had been made, an official said previously.

It was not clear to what illicit nuclear programme Sanders was referring, as the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal reached with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany and the European Union.

The Trump administration also has acknowledged that Iran has not breached the accord's Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA but contends that it has violated the "spirit" of the deal.