Tillerson attacks Iran nuclear deal and vows a "comprehensive review"

21 Avril, 2017, 19:42 | Author: Lucrece Courtet
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"Worn-out United States accusations can't mask its admission of Iran's compliance" with the nuclear agreement, which is forcing the U.S. administration "to change course and fulfill its own commitments", Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif yesterday said on his Twitter account.

This week the secretary of state informed Congress that Tehran is keeping its side of the bargain to restrict its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, which he's required to confirm every 90 days.

"They are not living up to the spirit of the agreement", Trump said on Thursday at a news conference with Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House. He says people must be strong and vigilant. He had promised to jettison the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada unless he could substantially renegotiate it in America's favor, blaming NAFTA for devastating the USA manufacturing industry by incentivizing the use of cheap labor in Mexico. In February, the Trump administration warned Iran that it had been "put on notice" and imposed sanctions on several entities connected to the Islamic Republic's ballistic missile program.

"Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining USA interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon, and continuing to support attacks against Israel", said Tillerson.

"The deal is working and there's absolutely no reason to pull away from it", Barbara Slavin, acting director at the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council in Washington, said in an interview on Wednesday. Moreover, Iran claims that their nuclear program is "entirely peaceful" and has plans to continue developing missiles.

Deutch publicly opposed the nuclear deal in August 2015 when he wrote an op-ed in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, calling it "concerning".

Tehran has warned that it would restore its nuclear activities to the pre-JCPOA level, if the USA fails to keep its end of the bargain.

And shortly after the Italian prime minister said that a US role in Libya was critical, Trump, in response to a question about whether he believes his administration should play a part in helping to stabilize that country, said bluntly, "I do not see a role in Libya".

In an ominous warning, Tillerson linked Iran's behavior to that of North Korea and said that with both countries, the USA would no longer engage in "strategic patience".

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Obama considered the nuclear agreement one of his most important foreign-policy achievements, saying it would end the threat that Iran would have a nuclear weapon.

Both Iran and Hezbollah are now fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar al Assad's forces.

In Washington, Trump jjoined Italian Premier Gentiloni for a White House news conference at a tense time for Europe, which was reeling anew from a deadly attack in Paris on Thursday ahead of a pivotal presidential vote in France on Sunday.

Trump didn't specifically weigh in on the French election, nor would he say outright whether he supported countries staying in the EU.

"As far as North Korea is concerned, we are in very good shape", Trump said.

President Trump is slated to travel to Italy next month, where he will meet again with Gentiloni and other USA allies from around the globe.

"I hope the answer is a positive one, not a negative one, but hopefully that will be something that gets taken care of".

At the White House, spokesman Sean Spicer tried to clear up questions regarding President Donald Trump's statements last week that a USA aircraft carrier was racing toward the Korean peninsula as a warning. "And they have to do that", President Trump said.

"We don't know whether or not they're able to do that, but I have absolute confidence that he will be trying very, very hard, " Trump said.

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