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Trump Contradicts State Department On Iran Deal

21 April 2017

With the administration acknowledging that Iran is - at least technically - adhering to the deal, it was unclear what Trump meant when he said Iran is "doing a tremendous disservice to the agreement" by not complying with the "spirit" of the accord.

"It shouldn't have been signed".

Secretary of State Tillerson wrote in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan late on Tuesday that Iran remains a "leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods", and that the National Security Council-led interagency review will evaluate whether the sanctions relief granted Iran through the deal is in in fact in the U.S. national interest. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the USA wants to force North Korea leader Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table.

The nuclear deal was sealed in Vienna in July 2015 after 18 months of negotiations led by former Secretary of State John Kerry and diplomats from the other four permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - Britain, China, France and Russian Federation - and Germany.

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Tillerson said one of the mistakes in the way the agreement was put together was that it ignored all the other serious threats Iran posed outside of its nuclear program. Iran has also sent military advisers and fighters to neighbouring Iraq, where they are taking part in the Baghdad government's operations against ISIS. "He should have said the nuclear deal deals with nuclear issues, and we are going to be very tough in enforcing it, but it doesn't deal with Iran's support for terrorism", Deutch said.

US President Donald Trump has accused Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the 2015 nuclear agreement, just two days after his administration certified that Iran was meeting its commitments under the landmark deal.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the White House, April 2017.

"Public statements lambasting the nuclear deal with Iran as a "failed approach" and comparing the country with North Korea are reckless and blatantly false", the group added. Tillerson said that there is enough evidence to prove that Iran's provocative actions are a threat to the United States and the entire world.

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Iran has yet to comment on the Trump administration's review, but Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned in November that Tehran would retaliate if the United States breached the nuclear agreement.

"We will help it be strong, and it's very much to everybody's advantage", Trump said. He said that the current administration will not pass "the buck to a future administration on Iran".

Trump has panned what he has called "the disgusting Iran deal" reached by the United States and five other world powers under his predecessor, former USA president Barack Obama.

Looking back, former President Barrack Obama worked on a nuclear agreement between Iran and the UN. Moreover, Iran claims that their nuclear program is "entirely peaceful" and has plans to continue developing missiles.

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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".