Trump says Iran not living up to nuclear deal

Judith Bessette
Abril 21, 2017

At a White House news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on April 20, Trump repeated his criticism that "it was a awful bad as I've ever seen negotiated".

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Kenosha, Wis. Trump, the "America First" president who vowed to extricate the US from onerous overseas commitments, appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal's a deal.

"It shouldn't have been signed".

Iran and major powers led by the USA made a deal in 2015 to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for easing economic sanctions.

The briefing came hours after Tillerson sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan in which he wrote that the Trump administration had certified that Iran is in compliance with the deal it signed with world powers.

President Donald Trump has previously described the agreement between the United Nations and Iran as "the worst deal ever negotiated", and he is now reviewing whether or not to lift sanctions on Iran in light of the current nuclear deal.

He went on to say that the deal also does not address Iran's violation of human rights or their destabilizing influence throughout the region, so he said Tillerson should tell allies that he will target that "bad behavior".

"We'll have something to say about it in the not-too-distant future", said Trump.

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.

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U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the White House, April 2017.

Iran's ambassador to the UN, Gholamali Khoshroo, hit back by accusing the United States of waging a "misleading propaganda campaign" against his country.

The historic deal between Iran and six major powers restricts Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of global oil and financial sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

As a candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Trump was an outspoken critic of the deal but had offered conflicting opinions on whether he would try to scrap it, modify it or keep it in place with more strenuous enforcement.

This week the secretary of state informed Congress that Tehran is keeping its side of the bargain to restrict its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, which he's required to confirm every 90 days.

However, world leaders from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Russian President Vladimir Putin have highlighted the need to preserve the Iran nuclear deal.

Tehran, in its turn, stressed that the deal was an worldwide treaty and can not be changed, adding that Iran was fulfilling its obligations under the JCPOA.

Trump is approaching his 100th day in office, a benchmark often cited to measure a new administration's achievements.

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