U.S. must meet nuke deal obligations: Iran

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

"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", he said.

He said: "This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face from North Korea. The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran", Tillerson said at a press briefing. "Iran's nuclear ambitions are a grave risk to worldwide peace and security", he added.

And so far, Western diplomats say they see no sign of his administration preparing to abandon the nuclear deal with Iran. The administration said it has extended the sanctions relief to Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme.

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Iran may follow the path of nuke-mad North Korean despot Kim Jong-un if the region is left unchecked by world leaders.

However, the United States imposed new sanctions against Iran in February 2017 after a medium-range ballistic missile test was carried out by Tehran in late January.

In a scathing assessment, the Secretary of State also accused Iran of exporting terror and violence, and confirmed that Washington is conducting a review of its policy towards the Middle Eastern nation.

During his presidential campaign, Trump called the nuclear agreement "the worst deal ever negotiated", raising questions over whether he would rip it up once he took office.

But after he took office, the U.S. president has not yet explicitly said he would pull out from the historic agreement.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday the United States should meet its own obligations agreed in a landmark nuclear deal in 2015 rather than making accusations against the Islamic Republic.

The secretary of state earlier acknowledged the Iranians had met the terms of the 2015 deal, but raised concerns about the country as a "state sponsor of terrorism".

But US allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia were concerned the JCPOA does not shut down Iran's nuclear industry entirely nor forever, and Obama's domestic critics accused him of appeasing a terrorist state.

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