Trump unlikely to upend Iran deal, says lead negotiator

Cheryl Sanders
April 24, 2017

Iran isn't meeting the "spirit" of the 2015 deal it signed with the United States and other world powers to roll back its nuclear weapons program, President Donald Trump said.

"The Trump administration is going to take on Iran as a threat looking at the nuclear program, looking at terrorism, looking at what it's doing in the region", Hayes said.

He again called the nuclear deal a "terrible agreement", but he hasn't withdrawn the USA from the accord.

The exchange came a day after U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson sent a letter to Congress saying Iran was in compliance with the nuclear deal but raising questions about Tehran's role in sponsoring terrorism in the region.

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.

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".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments were synonymous with Donald Trump's rhetoric, who on many occasions - during his presidential campaign and afterwards - criticised the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the US, the UK, Russia, France, China and Germany. Since then Iran has been faithfully implementing its part of the deal and this has repeatedly been verified and endorsed by the nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The agreement was brokered by putting aside Iran's alleged support of terrorism to get a deal guaranteeing Iran would not be able to build a nuclear weapon for a decade and would remain in the eye of United Nations inspectors. "It shouldn't have been signed". US President Donald Trump has also promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he will not allow Iran develop a nuclear weapon ever. But the USA must decide next month whether to renew a waiver so that Iran can continue receiving sanctions relief. The administration has certified to Congress that Iran was complying - at least technically - with the terms of the deal, clearing the way for Iran to continue enjoying sanctions relief in the near term.

He pointed to sections that require U.S. government officials to "make every effort to support the successful implementation of this JCPOA including in their public statements" and to refrain from any policy meant to "adversely affect the normalisation of trade and economic relations with Iran".

The State Department must update Congress on Iran's compliance with the JCPOA every 90 days, with Tuesday marking the first report issued under the Trump administration. Iran deal was one of the reasons why relations of these two countries with the U.S frayed under the Obama administration. "We're analyzing it very, very carefully and will have something to say about it in the not-too-distant future". And then we saw what was said did not materialize.

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