Yesterday, as we noted here, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed Congress that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal and that the administration will continue to provide relief from sanctions, as called for by the agreement.
Hours before he declared Iran nuclear deal a failure, Tillerson sent a terse letter to the US House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan, saying the administration has ordered an inter-agency review of whether the earlier suspension of sanctions, which was a necessity under the 2015 nuclear deal, was in the US' national security interests.
But after he took office, the U.S. president has not yet explicitly said he would pull out from the historic agreement.
Indeed, "an unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea", he said.
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But Tillerson argued the accord had just been a way of "buying off" the regime and would only delay its development of a nuclear weapon that could threaten its region and the world.
Tillerson said in a statement on Tuesday that Iran appeared to be meeting its commitments under the nuclear deal, which is aimed at curbing Tehran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon in exchange for lifted sanctions.
"Iran's nuclear ambitions are a grave risk to global peace and security", Tillerson said.
Tillerson characterized the Iran deal as "another example of buying off a power who has nuclear ambitions". There is little room to interpret this statement as anything less than a proclamation of the Trump administration's intent to scrap the nuclear deal and reset the United States on a path to war.
The upshot of two days of Tillerson talk about Iran seems to be that our Iran policy is up-for-grabs, like much else in the policy realm.
Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the contracts for the plant's redesign would be signed on Sunday in Vienna with initial agreements having already been reached in Beijing, describing it as an important part of the Iran nuclear deal.
Iran has defended its nuclear programme as purely civilian and its supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned in November that Tehran would retaliate if the USA breached the nuclear agreement.
Iran has defended its nuclear programme as purely civilian.
"Once we've finalized our conclusions, we will meet the challenges that Iran poses with clarity and conviction". "What I see is a more strict (US) interpretation of the deal and that interpretation will be different than Iran's interpretation". "If he thought everything was fine, he would have allowed this to move forward", Spicer said.
But US allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia were concerned the JCPOA does not shut down Iran's nuclear industry entirely nor forever, and Obama's domestic critics accused him of appeasing a terrorist state.
Since the pact was signed, Pompeo said, "The list of Iranian transgressions has increased dramatically".
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