Tillerson: Iran deal fails to achieve nuclear-free objective
The review of the agreement will assess whether sanctions suspensions related to the deal are vital to US security interests.
Under the deal, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days on Iran's compliance under the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Okay then. After nearly two years of Donald Trump railing against the Iranian nuclear agreement, his administration admitted that Iran is complying with its obligations under the deal.
The Iran nuclear deal "fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran" and "represents the same failed approach" that led to the North Korean nuclear threat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today in a press conference.
Tuesday's determination suggested that while Trump agreed with findings by the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), that Iran is keeping to its end of the deal, he is looking for another way to ratchet up pressure on Tehran.
Tuesday's determination suggested that while Trump agreed with the findings of the United Nations nuclear watchdog-the International Atomic Energy Agency-that Iran is keeping to its end of the bargain, he is looking for another way to ratchet up pressure on Tehran.
In return, many sanctions have been lifted, which has allowed Iran to ramp up its oil exports and earn billions of dollars to help its weak economy.
Iran denies ever having considered developing atomic weapons although nuclear experts have warned that any USA violation of the nuclear deal would allow Iran also to pull back from its commitments to curb nuclear development.
The other countries that were part of the deal - Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, along with the European Union - remain supportive of the pact and would likely object to any re-imposition of American sanctions.
The White House has imposed new Iran sanctions that targets more than two dozen individuals and businesses. But neither Iran nor the other world powers that negotiated the agreement have any interest in re-opening the deal, and USA companies stand to lose billions if the deal is scuttled. He said the Trump administration has no intention of "passing the buck" on Iran to a future administration.
In the latest sign of U.S.
Proponents of the deal have long acknowledged it doesn't address concerns about Iran's non-nuclear behavior, such as its ballistic missile program or support for Houthi rebels in Yemen. Tehran also supports the Houthis in Yemen, threatening the southern border of Saudi Arabia, while the Iranian-sponsored Quds force has been "undermining security in Iraq for years", Tillerson said.