Iran violating 'spirit' of nuclear deal, Trump alleges

Cheryl Sanders
April 25, 2017

"Iran has not lived up to the spirit of the agreement, and they have to do that", Trump said in a joint news conference with Italy's visiting Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday. He described it as "terrible" agreement that should not have been signed. "It shouldn't have been negotiated the way it was negotiated".

Tillerson insisted that the nuclear deal was a failure as it only delayed and does not avert Iran's goal of becoming a nuclear state.

The Iranian nuclear deal, which took years to negotiate, restricted the nuclear ambitions of Tehran in exchange for lifting financial and oil sanctions.

This week's reaffirmations of the status quo came via Tillerson's certification of Iran upholding its nuclear deal obligations and the administration delaying a decision on whether to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Moscow is against Washington's "non-productive" attempts to unite in one agenda Iran's non-nuclear issues and those pertaining to the implementation of the country's nuclear agreement.

His tough talk matched those of US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who had said that Iran's destabilising influence has to be overcome to end the conflict in Yemen. "We're analyzing it very, very carefully and will have something to say about it in the not-too-distant future".

He criticized USA financial regulators that create obstacles for business projects as the country's business and state structures "have some suspicions that these projects and this work may be related to the Iran nuclear program".

The nuclear deal was negotiated under the administration of US President Barack Obama, a Democrat, to the disagreement of the Republican-controlled congress, which had already imposed economic sanctions against Iran. And then we saw what was said did not materialize. 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. Critics have said it's unfathomable that the USA would grant sanctions relief to Tehran even as Tehran continues testing ballistic missiles, violating human rights and supporting extremist groups elsewhere in the Middle East.

The Trump administration and the U.S Congress are under tremendous pressure from key U.S allies Israel and Saudi Arabia to tighten the screws on Iran.

Grappling with other national security concerns, Trump said he did not see a role for the Libya, adding that the U.S.

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