India walks a fine line as US, Iran spar over nuclear deal

Cheryl Sanders
September 24, 2017

"The agreement is being implemented", she told reporters.

"I have decided", Trump told journalists when asked about an October 15 deadline to re-certify the agreement. And we can not abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program, ' Trump said, drawing applause from leaders of more than 180 nations in the room.

Britain, Germany and France closely worked with the strengthen sanctions on Iran and force it to come to the negotiating table in 2013.

What are the different sides saying?

The foreign minister said he accepted the US position that Iran's behaviour in the Middle East had not improved since the deal - but added there was no hope of it changing its ways if the accord fell.

He said that at the meeting there was "a good opportunity to meet, shake hands" and "the tone was very matter-of-fact, there was no yelling".

"How are we going to convince countries like North Korea that worldwide agreements provide them security, and in so doing make them commit to further disarmament efforts, if the only global example for such an endeavor being successful - the agreement with Iran - no longer has effect?" "It was an exchange of how we see this agreement very differently".

The Foreign Secretary said the world faced a catastrophe if North Korea - a "rogue nation" - was able to mount a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). "We do need the support of our allies, our European allies and others, to make the case as well to Iran that this deal really needs to be revisited", Tillerson told the Fox News television channel.

"To honor the people of our nations, we must ensure that no one and no member state shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden, and that's militarily or financially", Trump said. "We definitely [do] not need to go into a second one", European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said, referring to the North Korea nuclear standoff.

On Wednesday, Trump told reporters that he had reached a decision, but did not elaborate. He added, "It will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by "rogue" newcomers to the world of politics".

According to media reports, Trump reportedly clashed with his national security team on whether he should recertify Iran's compliance in July.

Will the U.S. abandon the nuclear deal? .

"That is the reason he is very, very carefully considering the decision of whether we find the JCPOA to continue to serve the security interests of the American people or not", he said, referring to the pact formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Zarif helped Iran and US President Barack Obama - along with several world powers - to end years of stalemate and sign an accord to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Trump has his eye on October 15 to announce his decision because it is the next time the president will be required under United States law to re-assess the JCPOA through a Congress-created mechanism; this is done every 90 days.

"Which state would refrain from developing its own nuclear program if it turns out that negotiated agreements do not endure, and confidence in agreements with the worldwide community is not worth the paper they are written on?" he asked. It was in a place where in a matter of months it could turn the low-enriched uranium it had into high-enriched uranium, material for a bomb.

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