Nuclear accord with Iran in USA interest: Mattis

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Mattis deployed an additional 3,000 usa troops to Afghanistan shortly after Trump's address to carry out this mission.

Asked during a Senate hearing whether he believed it was in the national interest, Mattis replied: "Yes, senator, I do".

In a House of Representatives hearing later on Tuesday, Mattis said Iran was "fundamentally" in compliance with the nuclear deal.

An important component of the new US strategy in Afghanistan is a threat to withdraw aid and other support for Pakistan if the country continues to tolerate the presence of the Afghan Taliban and the allied Haqqani network, which are leading the insurgency against Afghan and USA forces.

But U.S. officials and analysts have long said Pakistan tolerates the presence of the Afghan Taliban and the allied Haqqani network, which are leading the insurgency against Afghan and U.S. forces. Although congressional leaders have declined to say whether they would seek to reimpose sanctions, Republican lawmakers were united in their opposition to the deal reached by Democratic former President Barack Obama.

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"The fighting will continue to be carried out by our Afghan partners, but our advisers will accompany tactical units to advise and assist and bring North Atlantic Treaty Organisation fire support to bear when needed", Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Tuesday that he believes it is in U.S national security interest to remain in the Iran nuclear agreement despite repeated hints from President Donald Trump that he is inclined to scrap the deal.

"We want to be your partners, but this committee will not be a rubber stamp for any policy or president".

"In the six weeks since the president made his announcement, this committee and the Congress, more broadly, still does not know numerous crucial details of this strategy", McCain said. We must be well-informed. There are already 11,000 U.S. troops there. We must be convinced of the merits of the administration's actions. Trump announced August 21 that he would continue USA involvement in the war in Afghanistan and send a few thousand more troops, even though his initial instinct told him not to do so.

"A political settlement in Afghanistan is only possible if the Taliban reject support or conduct of terrorism", he said.

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"It is clear to me that the ISI has connections with terrorist groups", Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Trump must notify Congress every 90 days whether Iran is abiding by the accord and whether the lifting of sanctions against Tehran is in the U.S. national interest.

Trump is weighing whether the deal serves U.S. security interests as he faces a mid-October deadline for certifying that Iran is complying with the pact, a decision that could sink an agreement strongly supported by the other powers that negotiated it.

"I believe., absent indications to the contrary, it is something that the president should consider staying with", Mattis added.

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