Iran not living up to 'spirit' of nuclear deal, says Donald Trump

In addition, US President Donald Trump affirmed on Thursday that Iran "is not living up to the spirit" of the nuclear agreement, which he described as terrible and badly negotiated.

Companies from China and Iran will this weekend sign the first commercial contracts to redesign an Iranian nuclear plant as part of an worldwide deal reached in 2015 over Iran's nuclear programme, China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. TRADE WITH JAPAN Japan has less room to compromise with the United States under a bilateral trade deal than under a multilateral agreement like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, its deputy prime minister says, taking a swipe at USA attempts to pressure Tokyo into opening heavily protected markets like agriculture.

Her remarks came a day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the nuclear pact a failure and warned Iran risked becoming another North Korea: a hostile, nuclear-armed state.

The US State Department earlier in the week certified that Iran had met the terms of the deal in a letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan.

He nevertheless added that the Trump administration had "no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran". He threatened on the campaign trail to do away with the accord, but has been short on specifics after assuming office three months ago.

Iran has also accused the United States of not keeping to the spirit of the nuclear agreement by maintaining sanctions against Iran over the ballistic-missile tests and alleged human rights abuses. "I can tell you that", he said. "It shouldn't have been signed".

President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni hold a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 20, 2017. "The evidence is clear Iran's provocative actions threaten the USA, the region and the world".

The Trump administration's stance on the agreement became a little clearer on Tuesday when the administration notified Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the agreement, and that the United States would therefore extend the sanctions relief granted to Iran as part of that agreement.

He also referred to the Trump administration's efforts to re-impose sanctions against Iran, saying, "We are aware that the U.S.is leading an economic warfare on Iran".

He pointed to sections that require United States government officials to "make every effort to support the successful implementation of this JCPOA including in their public statements" and to refrain from any policy meant to "adversely affect the normalisation of trade and economic relations with Iran".

Mattis arrives in Israel on Friday to meet his counterpart there, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, and how to contain Iranian influence is likely to be a top discussion item. Iran deal was one of the reasons why relations of these two countries with the U.S frayed under the Obama administration.

"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. "I'm all for agreements but that was a bad one, as bad as I've ever seen negotiated".

"We will help it be strong, and it's very much to everybody's advantage", Trump said.

Instead, Iliichev said, "we're invited to consider as terrorists those who are fighting these groups", he said. They are going to have nuclear weapons.

  • Larry Hoffman