Iran's FM says U.S. not living up to nuke deal

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 27, 2017

It does not address Iran's backing of terrorism, and the US partners in brokering the deal - including western Europe, Russia, and China - would likely balk at making terrorism an issue after the fact.

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

Iran is not living up to the "spirit" of the nuclear deal, President Donald Trump said, the latest in a flurry of mixed messages on the deal his administration has relayed in recent days.

"They are not living up to the spirit of the agreement".

"It shouldn't have been signed", Trump said in the White House's East Room. Instead of revoking the agreement, the Trump administration should move towards expeditious lifting of sanctions against Iran, otherwise public opinion in Iran could turn against further implementation of the deal. They, however, have found themselves in new circumstances today.

Iranian officials, however, say the US has been putting obstacles in the path of the deal's implementation.

Ryabkov said Moscow "will oppose" Washington's "non-productive path" to "unite in one agenda not only the issues regarding the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but a whole range of claims to Tehran not related to the nuclear affairs".

"We do not seek tension in the region, as we consider it to be to the detriment of regional stability", the official noted.

Trump, in his remarks with the Italian prime minister, also slammed the deal.

The State Department informed Congress on Tuesday that the USA would keep easing sanctions against Iran as the country complies with the nuclear pact reached between Tehran and six global powers in 2015. "So far, it has defied both" Zarif said on his official Twitter account on Friday."Should I use my highlighter again?" he asked, referring to his tweet that highlighted a part of the JCPOA text about the parties' commitments.

"Should I use my highlighter again?" he added, referring to a tweet he had posted earlier highlighting parts of the text of the JCPOA, under which the USA administration is committed to support the successful implementation of the accord.

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