Trump raps Iran as violating 'spirit' of nuclear deal

Trump raps Iran as violating 'spirit' of nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has termed the Iran nuclear deal a failure and said an "unchecked" Tehran could become another North Korea, but stopped short of threatening to derail the landmark agreement.

"I think they are doing a tremendous disservice to an agreement that was signed and it was a awful agreement", Trump said Thursday.

"It threatens leaving the United States increasingly isolated... as they are abandoning their allies and going against global norms in egregious way".

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis matched Tillerson's tough words while on a visit to Saudi Arabia this week, pledging that the US would "reinforce Saudi Arabia's resistance to Iran's mischief". The agreement allowed rich and poor countries to set their own goals to reduce carbon dioxide and went into effect last November, after the U.S., China and other countries ratified it.

Trump echoed that promise Thursday, saying, "We're analyzing it very, very carefully, and we'll have something to say about it in the not too distant future".

The deal, negotiated under Mr Barack Obama, placed limitations on Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for lifting economic sanctions against it. That did no good for anyone because he demanded nothing in return from the bad guys, and the end of such foolhardy stances would be one of the best ways Trump and Rex Tillerson could usher in a new era of US foreign policy.

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"I think they are doing a tremendous disservice to an agreement that was signed", Trump said. "The new USA administration tries to mask its own domestic problems and illegitimacy by accusing Iran of sponsoring terrorism or nuclear noncompliance from time to time". But Iran has not lived up to the spirit of the agreement.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif on Thursday criticized "worn-out" United States accusations that it was seeking a nuclear weapon to threaten the region and the world. If Tillerson isn't laying the groundwork for us to abandon the nuclear deal at some point, it's hard to say what other kind of policy change is going to make a difference.

Tillerson's language was similar to that used by other top Trump administration officials to describe the new USA policy toward North Korea. Among the anti-deal crowd Trump wooed in his presidential bid, the administration's decision is fueling concerns that Trump may let the 2015 accord stand. In February, the Trump administration warned Iran that it had been "put on notice" and imposed sanctions on several entities connected to the Islamic Republic's ballistic missile program.

"The U.S. and the Israeli regime want to remove the Palestinian issue, that is central to all the conflicts in the Middle East from these open debates", said Iran's U.N. Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo in reply to Haley's remarks.

"Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining U.S. interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon, and continuing to support attacks against Israel", said Tillerson.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds a press conference on Iran in the Treaty Room of the State Department in Washington, DC on April 19, 2017. Trump was asked if he would meet Pope Francis during a press conference with Italian premier Paolo Gentiloni at the White House Thursday. "I can tell you that", he said.

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