US Secretary Of State Warns Iran Nuclear Deal Not Achieving Goal

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2017

The Trump administration's inter-agency review of policy towards Iran will examine whether the lifting of sanctions against Tehran is in the USA national security interests.

Iran and major powers led by the US made a deal in 2015 to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for easing economic sanctions. "This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat that we face from North Korea". As with North Korea, Tillerson said, the Trump administration was unwilling to be patient with Iran, ticking through a list of countries where he said Iran was supporting terrorism and violence.

The JCPOA "fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran", the top USA diplomat said.

On Tuesday, Tillerson said in a letter to speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan that while Iran was fulfilling its obligations under the JCPOA, a review was ordered to establish whether suspension of anti-Iranian sanctions corresponded to US security interests. Under the agreement, negotiated during Barack Obama's presidency, Iran agreed to place limits on its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

"Iran's nuclear ambitions are a grave risk to worldwide peace and security", the secretary of state said.

Under this agreement, Iran stated that it would not further seek to develop or acquire nuclear weapons in exchange for the gradual lifting of worldwide sanctions.

He said: "The evidence is clear: Iran's provocative actions threaten the United States, the region, and the world".

Mr Tillerson, on the other hand, called this a mistaken approach and said the review would take a comprehensive look at all of the threats posed by Iran.

"The JCPOA fails to achieve the objective of non-nuclear Iran", Tillerson stated.

Tehran would nearly certainly accuse the Trump administration of non-compliance and might eventually decide to withdraw.

Trump as a candidate vowed to discard or renegotiate the pact, and shortly after taking office his administration put Tehran "on notice" that what the US regards as troublesome behavior would no longer be tolerated. Obama and others argued it was narrowly tailored to take the most risky prospect - a nuclear-armed Iran - off the table.

But President Trump has described the landmark agreement as the "worst deal ever".

Speaking to reporters, Tillerson said: "The Trump administration is now conducting across the entire government a review of our Iran policy".

Iran has defended its nuclear programme as purely civilian. "So we are going to review completely the JCPOA itself".

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