Published: Fri, May 05, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Trump Says Iran not 'Living up to Spirit' of Nuclear Deal

Trump Says Iran not 'Living up to Spirit' of Nuclear Deal

At a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday, President Donald Trump spoke about plans to amend the Affordable Care Act and a needed funding deal to avoid a government shutdown next week.

"It was a awful agreement. It shouldn't have been negotiated the way it was negotiated".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated during a press conference on Wednesday that "the Trump administration is now conducting across the entire government a review of our Iran policy".

"This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face from North Korea", Tillerson continued.

Tillerson's tough stance on the Iran deal came a day after the Trump administration notified the Congress that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal reached in 2015 to limit the Islamic Republic's nuclear ability. Despite repeated pledges to rip up, renegotiate or otherwise alter them, the US has yet to withdraw from any of these economic, environmental or national security deals, as Trump's past criticism turns to tacit embrace of several key elements of USA foreign policy. We believe that all sides should ensure that the agreement is implemented in letter and in spirit as its signing paved the way for peaceful resolution of the issue. "And we're analyzing it very, very carefully and we'll have something to say about it in the not-too-distant future".

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"Today Secretary Tillerson and the Trump administration placed the security of the American people and the world at grave risk", said the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) in response.

Moscow commented on Tillerson's claim by saying that secretary of state should have separated the allegations of terrorism and the nuclear deal as they "have nothing in common", according to Mikhail Ulyanov, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control.

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The nuclear deal was sealed in Vienna in July 2015 after 18 months of negotiations led by former Secretary of State John Kerry and diplomats from the other four permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - Britain, China, France and Russian Federation - and Germany.

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". He said in July 2015 that "Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons".

The JCPOA was a mechanism to lift all UN Security Council sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program, so long as it remained in compliance in developing "an exclusively peaceful, indigenous nuclear programme". "So we'll see what happens".

Before that 90-day policy review is finished review, the Trump administration will be faced with a decision that directly affects US compliance with the deal.

As the White House finalizes that review, USA officials will offer competing visions for how to deal with the country, and American allies in the Middle East will seek to tilt Washington's preferences in their favor.

If the United States reneges on its obligations under the deal, Iran is likely to follow suit and start expanding its nuclear activities-regardless of who wins the presidential elections.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis matched Tillerson's tough words while on a visit to Saudi Arabia this week, pledging that the USA would "reinforce Saudi Arabia's resistance to Iran's mischief".

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