Tillerson calls Iran deal a failure

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

In a letter to Congress, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Iran is meeting the terms of the 2015 deal worked out with the Obama administration and five other countries.

Iran has said many times that if the US imposed additional sanctions, that would violate the nuclear deal and Iran would no longer feel bound by its terms.

Asked if the White House was concerned that tougher sanctions on Iran could motivate it to violate the agreement, Spicer said: "We're well aware of any potential negative impacts that an action could have".

"The JCPOA fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran", Tillerson said, using an acronym for the 2015 nuclear deal. The State Department must provide an update to Congress every 90 days.

President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, left, following their news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

"Everywhere you look, if there is trouble in the region, you find Iran", Mattis said after talks with senior Saudi officials.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned in November that Tehran would retaliate if the United States breached the nuclear agreement.

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In a letter to US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, on Tuesday US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Iran remained compliant with the 2015 deal, but said there were concerns about its role as a state sponsor of terrorism.

On another subject, as he stood alongside Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni at the White House, Trump voiced optimism that the US had successfully enlisted China to try to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known more commonly as "the Iran deal", was the result of negotiations between former President Barack Obama, members of the United Nation's Security Council, Germany, and the EU.

The NSC-led review will investigate whether lifting sanctions against the world's top sponsor of terror may not be in the USA national interest.

As President Trump wages a rhetorical battle with North Korea over its nuclear program, his secretary of state says the nuclear deal with Iran will now be placed under review. He said one of the mistakes of the deal was how it "completely ignored" other threats posed by Iran.

The National Security Council-led interagency review will be evaluating whether the administration should stop the suspension of sanctions against Iran because the country "remains a leading state sponsor of terror".

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