Trump Says Iran not 'Living up to Spirit' of Nuclear Deal

Trump made the remarks at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni Thursday after he was asked if he had "reason to suspect that [Iran is] cheating" on the deal.

Trump's administration is re-evaluating its relationship with Iran, including whether to remain in the nuclear deal, said Trump, adding he would "see what happens".

"It shouldn't have been signed".

In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson certified that Iran was compliant through Tuesday with its commitments under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

As he often had during the president campaign, Trump ripped into the deal struck by Iran, the USA and other world powers in 2015 and said "it shouldn't have been signed".

A day after certifying Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal, Tillerson attacked the accord Wednesday and listed examples of Iran's bad behavior.

The Trump administration has stepped up its criticism of Iran, fuelling speculation that the United States could move to revoke the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by president Barack Obama. Mr Tillerson said the U.S. is conducting a comprehensive review of its Iran policy and added that the Obama-era nuclear deal only "delays" Tehran's goal of becoming a nuclear state. "We're analysing it very, very carefully and will have something to say about it in the not-too-distant future".

"I actually told him, I said, 'You'll make a much better deal on trade if you get rid of this menace or doing something about the menace of North Korea, because that's what it is, it's a menace right now", he said.

However, the United States imposed new sanctions against Iran in February 2017 after a medium-range ballistic missile test was carried out by Tehran in late January.

Looking back, former President Barrack Obama worked on a nuclear agreement between Iran and the UN. "The evidence is clear Iran's provocative actions threaten the US, the region and the world".

The Trump administration's inter-agency review of policy towards Iran will examine whether the lifting of sanctions against Tehran is in the USA national security interests.

A day earlier, he hit back at United States claims that the 2015 deal with world powers was a failure by highlighting certain sections and sharing them on Twitter.

At the same time, Trump, who has appointed several generals to his administration, has not shied away from exercising American military might.

Still, since taking office, Trump has stopped promising he'll gut the deal.

"This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face from North Korea", Tillerson said of the nuclear deal.

As part of a long list of charges, he criticised Iran's involvement in the Syrian conflict and its support for President Bashar al-Assad.

  • Leroy Wright