Donald Trump says Iran isn't meeting 'spirit' of 2015 nuclear deal

At a White House news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on April 20, Trump repeated his criticism that "it was a awful bad as I've ever seen negotiated".

The Trump administration now says it is reviewing these accords.

"It shouldn't have been signed".

Just a day ago, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared that the deal had failed to achieve its goal of stopping Iran from developing nuclear arms - only postponed it.

Iran says its nuclear programme is purely for peaceful purposes but signed a deal with world powers to restrict its fuel enrichment for 10 years in exchange for sanctions relief.

Tillerson notified Congress that despite finding that Iran is in compliance with the agreement, the White House is looking at whether the USA should break with the deal because of Iran's continued support of terrorism in the region.

In February, Mr Trump had described the nuclear deal with Iran as "the worst" agreement ever negotiated, calling the Islamic Republic the world's "number one terrorist state".

"We'll see if the United States is prepared to live up to letter of the JCPOA, let alone its spirit".

On Thursday, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, followed up by calling Iran the "chief culprit" in conflicts in the Middle East and urged the UN Security Council to make handling the country a "priority".

Iran signed the agreement, formally titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2015 along with the United States and members of the United Nations Security Council.

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani made the remarks in an interview with the French daily Le Monde, which was published on Friday.

President Donald Trump meets with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 20, 2017. On the one hand, Trump wants to show he's being tougher than Obama toward Iran, but on the other hand, he's not yet ready to rip up the deal. Mr Tillerson's strident tone on Wednesday left listeners to conclude the nuclear deal was on thin ice as he pointed out that the threat from Tehran went way beyond the potential for atomic weapons.

It was the first certification of Iran's compliance issued by the Trump administration.

On the climate agreement, the White House postponed a meeting Tuesday where top aides were to have hashed out differences on what to do about the nonbinding global deal forged in Paris in December 2015. "I can tell you that".

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". Furthermore, Tillerson also slammed Iran's support of the "brutal Assad regime", which, according to the White House, was responsible for the recent chemical attacks against Syrian civilians.

  • Leroy Wright