Iran's FM says USA not living up to nuke deal

"They are not living up to the spirit of the agreement, I can tell you that", Trump said of the Iranians, though he did not mention any specific violations. And today, President Trump weighed in as well, blasting Iran for doing a "tremendous disservice" by not complying with the "spirit" of the agreement, which he again described as "terrible". "It shouldn't have been negotiated the way it was negotiated".

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

Although the State Department admits Iran has so far stuck to its side of the bargain, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday called the pact a failure and warned Iran risked becoming another North Korea: a hostile, nuclear-armed state.

In a letter to US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan released late on Tuesday, Mr Tillerson declared that Iran was meeting its commitments under the 2015 deal, but there were concerns about Teheran's role as a state sponsor of terrorism.

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In similar comments, Trump also later accused Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

"We're analyzing it very, very carefully and we'll have something to say about it in the not-too-distant future", Trump said. Trump's National Security Council (NSC) now is evaluating whether Iran - as it maintains it has - is in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, and if the U.S. can impose sanctions.

Iran has defended its nuclear programme as purely civilian and its supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned in November that Tehran would retaliate if the USA breached the nuclear agreement.

Trump has followed through with a pledge to pull the USA out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping free trade deal President Barack Obama negotiated.

Under the 2015 deal struck between Iran and the US and five other nations, Iran's nuclear program would be reduced and closely monitored in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. "The evidence is clear: Iran's provocative actions threaten the United States, the region and the world". Like Russia, Iran is not ready to concede to the Americans on the Syrian issue and intends to support Bashar al-Assad to the last, despite any accusations of using chemical weapons. The agreement was brokered by putting aside Iran's alleged support of terrorism to get a deal guaranteeing Iran would not be able to build a nuclear weapon for a decade and would remain in the eye of United Nations inspectors. "The evidence is clear Iran's provocative actions threaten the USA, the region and the world".

  • Leroy Wright