Tillerson: Iran deal fails to achieve nuclear-free objective

Jane Richards
April 21, 2017

"Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States", a State Department statement read, according to CNN. On Tuesday the administration notified Congress that Iran was continuing to comply with the terms of the deal, a notice that must be given every 90 days.

Trump, in a news conference with the visiting Italian premier, didn't telegraph whether he would ultimately decide to keep the U.S.in the deal or not, though he called it "terrible agreement" that was poorly negotiated.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed today US President Donald has ordered a review of the deal brokered by the Obama administration between Iran and six other nations.

"Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining U.S. interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, and continuing to support attacks against Israel", Tillerson told reporters at the State Department on Wednesday.

Former US President Barack Obama had said the deal would make the world safer and more secure.

He said his administration would have more to say about the arrangement in the near future.

And its likely that the United States will do the same - pending further review.

The agreement between Iran and six world powers, negotiated during Barack Obama's presidency, placed limitations on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting worldwide oil and financial sanctions against Iran.

The U.S. still maintains some sanctions against Iran for separate, non-nuclear issues, with Washington accusing Iran of sponsoring terrorism outside its borders and violating human rights at home.

"An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea, and take the world along with it", Tillerson said as he delivered remarks Wednesday.

Still, since taking office, Trump has stopped promising he'll gut the deal.

"Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods", Tillerson said in his letter Tuesday.

Foreign Policy also reported that "there is growing bipartisan support for pushing back against Iran through additional sanctions", as evidenced by two bills targeting Iran's efforts to destabilize the Middle East, which were introduced in both houses of Congress last month.

Other reports by VgToday

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