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Tillerson: Trump administration is working on Iran deal fix

Rex Tillerson
The Trump administration is working with key lawmakers on a legislative fix that could enable the United States to remain in the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday.
The changes to the US law codifying America's participation the 2015 agreement could come as early as next week or shortly thereafter, Tillerson said. President Trump faces a series of deadlines in the coming days about how to proceed with an accord he describes as terrible and too soft on Iran. While the talks involving administration officials and members of Congress wouldn't strengthen any restrictions on Iran's nuclear activity, as Trump also wants, they could result in face-saving measures that would persuade him to stay in the deal.
"The president said he is either going to fix it or cancel it," Tillerson said. "We are in the process of trying to deliver on the promise he made to fix it."
Tillerson said the administration was speaking with congressional leaders "on a very active basis" about a fix. He suggested Trump might be inclined to preserve the deal by waiving sanctions again on Jan. 12 if there were signs Congress would act in short order.
"I don't want to suggest we're across the finish line on anything yet," Tillerson said.
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