Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iranian official: We won't accept changes to nuclear deal

Iranian official: We won't accept changes to nuclear deal

The Islamic Republic will respond in due time to the U.S. violations of the agreement sealed in July 2015 and put into operation in January 2016 and known as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) or nuclear agreement.

Trump delivered an ultimatum to the European signatories on January 12.

President Trump once again used the social media platform, Twitter, to announce the major decision which, in spite of an expected outcome, still surprised many after Tillerson's statements that he had no plan to leave his job. Pompeo "is certain to advise the president to withdraw the United States from our obligations under the nuclear agreement", said Diplomacy Works, a group of mainly former Obama administration officials that lobbies for staying in the deal.

In fact, Trump had already set a deadline of May 12 to have new global arrangements in place to deal with Iranian rogue behaviour in terms of nuclear and missile proliferation, regional aggression, terrorism and other problems.

"When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's bad". I wanted to either break it or do something. "But still we think there's no need for whatever supplementary agreements today", he said.

The UN's nuclear energy agency, the IAEA, confirmed in February that Tehran had met its obligations under the agreement.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqhchi, who attended a separate meeting of signatories to the nuclear deal in Vienna on March 16, said that Tehran strongly objects to the changes sought by Trump.

Syracuse stuns Michigan State, busts brackets all over America
SU would have faced No. 2 Michigan State in that game if not for the Blue Raiders' monumental 90-81 first round upset. Syracuse was fortunate to receive one of the last at-large bids and had to work its way through the First Four round.

Trump has asked both Europe and Congress to come up with fixes to the accord including, but not limited to, new sanctions on its ballistic missile program and its "malign" behavior across the Middle East.

This would cover Iran's ballistic missile program, its regional activities, the expiration of parts of the nuclear deal in the mid-2020s and tighter United Nations inspections, Hook said.

Analysts add that walking away from the deal will not only undermine U.S. credibility, but validate Iranian claims that the United States can't be trusted and complicate the administration's highest foreign policy priority: getting North Korea to relinquish its nuclear program. On Tuesday, Trump upped the ante by removing pro-deal Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Although they disagreed on many foreign policy issues, Trump mentioned only the Iran deal in explaining why he thought it was time for Tillerson to go. "With [Trump's intended replacement for Tillerson] Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process". Trump does not like the deal's limited duration, among other things. "You've seen the administration sort of move away from an instant meeting".

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said that "such replacements in the USA establishment are not surprising".

The joint commission was chaired by EEAS Secretary General Helga Schmid and U.S. senior State Department official Brian Hook.

Host Margaret Brennan noted that Trump, who has often railed against the deal with Tehran, would be pulling out of the agreement at the same time he's starting to negotiate with North Korea about its nuclear program.

Like this: