USA warns Iran over inciting instability

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 3, 2017

"It shouldn't have been signed".

"Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods", Tillerson wrote, saying that Trump has directed the National Security Council to review whether the Iranian nuclear deal "is vital to the national security interests of the United States".

The deal "fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran", he said, and was a product of "the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face from North Korea".

Trump's administration has been publicly tightening the noose on Iran over the deal, which was negotiated by the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany to roll back Tehran's nuclear programme in return for the easing of sanctions.

As part of a quarterly report to Congress on Iran's adherence to the nuclear deal, Tillerson acknowledged Tuesday that Tehran was meeting its commitments under the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Candidate Trump made criticism of the pact a centerpiece of his campaign, telling the American Israel Political Action Committee in March 2016 that "my number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran".

"We don't know whether or not they're able to do that, but I have absolute confidence that he will be trying very, very hard", Trump said, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping. That doesn't mean there would be no impact if the USA once again froze Iranian assets in this country, but there aren't as many left as there were because Iran got so many of its assets back when the nuclear deal was finalized.

Grappling with other national security concerns, Trump said he did not see a role for the U.S.in Libya, adding that the U.S.

"The Iran nuclear deal is a awful one for the United States and the world". 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.

"That in no way mitigates against or excuses the other Iranian activities in the region including the war in Yemen that grinds on and what they're doing in Syria" to keep President Bashar Assad in power", he said. But despite the rhetoric, diplomats and analysts say they don't expect the administration to walk away from the deal, which aims to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon.

"President Trump has also ordered a full review of the Obama-era agreement, which he has repeatedly criticized as a failure of his predecessor". "So we'll see what happens".

But at least we have an administration that recognizes Iran is basically the same country that took our people hostage in 1979, and understands there is a reason we don't do business with such regimes. 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.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis reinforced that tone during a visit to Saudi Arabia, when he said Iran was the source of many problems in the Middle East.

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