Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Iran FM Slams Worn-out US Nuclear Accusations

Iran FM Slams Worn-out US Nuclear Accusations

President Donald Trump ordered the review to evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to the nuclear deal was "vital to the national security interests of the United States", Tillerson said.

However, the letter also said that the National Security Council would be reviewing whether it's in the USA national security interest to lift sanctions, as required under the JCPOA, given that "Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods".

"They (Iranians) are doing a tremendous disservice to an agreement that was signed".

Under the deal struck between Iran and six other nations after 18 months of negotiations in July 2015, Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program - suspected of being a front for weapons development - in exchange for global oil and financial sanctions being lifted. "That allows him to tell his base that he's getting a better deal than Bush or Obama got, and yet reassure these institutions that it's really all being done with a nod and a wink, that Trump doesn't mean what he says", Brinkley said.

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

He said his administration would have more to say about the arrangement in the near future.

Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary James Mattis also agreed with Tillerson's claims, stating that he learned during a week-long tour of the Middle East that Iran is destabilizing the region.

"An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea - and to take the world along with it", Tillerson said.

The next test of Trump's attitude toward the nuclear deal will be in May when he must decide whether to extend sanctions waivers for Iran first signed by President Barack Obama.

In his tweet, Zarif also addressed Tillerson's terrorism charge: "Worn-out U.S. accusations can't mask its admission of Iran's compliance w/ JCPOA".

On the climate agreement, the White House postponed a meeting Tuesday at which top aides were to have hashed out differences on what to do about the nonbinding worldwide deal, forged in Paris in December 2015.

"It was a bad agreement", said Trump, who has regularly blamed his predecessor Barack Obama for securing it.

Under the worldwide agreement, Iran is allowed to enrich and store some uranium for energy production, although it had to reduce its uranium stockpile by 96 percent, idle many of its enrichment centrifuges and pour concrete into its heavy-water nuclear reactor. But there's a debate about whether Iran may have violated Resolution 2231, which restricts ballistic missile tests created to carry nuclear weapons for eight years.

If the United States reneges on its obligations under the deal, Iran is likely to follow suit and start expanding its nuclear activities-regardless of who wins the presidential elections.

Trump is also offering condolences from the U.S.to the people of France.

He affirmed that the Trump administration will review the lifting of sanctions on Iran and whether their absence harms America's national Security interests.

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