President Trump says Iran violating 'spirit' of nuclear deal

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 25, 2017

Trump made the remarks during a news conference alongside Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni. "And they have to do that".

On Thursday, President Trump said Iran was doing a disservice to an agreement he called awful.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday reiterated his country's commitment to a nuclear agreement it signed with six major powers in 2015, and asked the United States to do the same.

Tillerson went on to claim that former President Barack Obama's 2015 nuclear agreement between the United Nations and Iran was a complete failure - citing reports that the country displayed a missile inscribed "death to Israel" during a military parade on Tuesday.

"A comprehensive Iran policy requires we address all of the threats posed by Iran", Tillerson said Wednesday. "We will have to overcome Iran's efforts to destabilize yet another country and create another militia in their image of Lebanese Hezbollah".

"On one hand he and others in the USA administration confirm that Iran has abided by the terms of the nuclear agreement, and on the other hand they threaten Iran and draw parallels to North Korea", Gangi said.

"My number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran", Trump said in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2016. All of this gives the impression that, while the Trump administration is still opposed to the deal, it will probably remain in place for the time being. Two of those regimes - Syria and North Korea - brazenly violated the agreement, provoking game-changing responses from President Trump.

On the climate agreement, the White House postponed a meeting Tuesday where top aides were to have hashed out differences on what to do about the nonbinding worldwide deal forged in Paris in December 2015. "We could be wrong".

According to White House spokesperson Sean Spicer, the review will aim to determine if Iran is in compliance with the deal, then proceed to provide the president with recommendations on the best path to take moving forward. "None of the other countries would be up for that".

Trump also voiced optimism that the USA had successfully enlisted China to try to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Iran said at the time that the new USA sanctions had been imposed on the basis of "fabricated and illegitimate pretexts" and were against the "word and spirit of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action". Financial and material support is provided across the region, as well as training.

The agreement puts limits on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions that for years crippled Iran's economy.

"Every administration, when it doesn't know what the hell to do, reviews things", Slavin said. "There would have been no way to get a deal if we lumped in everything else we don't like about Iran".

This is despite the fact that his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Congress that Iran was sticking to the deal.

Iran has long insisted its nuclear programme has no military goal. The hardliners are already emboldened.

This statement casts doubt on whether the administration will continue to grant Iran sanctions relief in the future.

But Majidyar argued that scrapping the deal wouldn't help Washington.

The deal's critics, though, say it fails to achieve even that goal because key restrictions on Iran's nuclear development sunset after a decade or more. "What I see is a more strict (US) interpretation of the deal and that interpretation will be different than Iran's interpretation".

The International Atomic Energy Agency has on multiple occasions verified Iran's adherence to its commitments under the JCPOA. Trump's administration has launched a 90-day review of the agreement with Iran to determine whether the United States will continue to abide by it. "If he thought everything was fine, he would have allowed this to move forward", Spicer said.

Earlier in the week, James Mattis, the Defense Secretary, spoke in Saudi Arabia about the crisis in Yemen and Iran's role.

"Worn-out USA accusations can't mask its admission of Iran's compliance with JCPOA".

Although there are no reliable opinion polls in Iran, analysts say there is little sign that voters are tilting toward more conservative candidates in response to US threats.

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