World Tillerson: Iran deal fails to achieve nuclear-free objective

00:16  20 april  2017
00:16  20 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

U.S. to review lifting of sanctions on Iran - Tillerson

  U.S. to review lifting of sanctions on Iran - Tillerson U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday he had informed Congress of plans to review whether the lifting of sanctions against Iran under the nuclear deal was in the United States' national security interests."President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States," Tillerson said in a statement.

He said the deal didn’t prevent Iran from purchasing a nuclear weapons. Kaine asked Tillerson if that might put him at a disadvantage at the negotiating table. “The art of negotiating is you achieve an objective ,” Tillerson replied.

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds a press conference on Iran in the Treaty Room of the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 19, 2017. © MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds a press conference on Iran in the Treaty Room of the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 19, 2017. WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the Iran nuclear deal fails to achieve its stated objective of preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear state.

But Tillerson is leaving open the possibility that the Trump administration will uphold it anyway. He says that will be determined by an ongoing review.

Tillerson is speaking to reporters after the State Department certified to Congress that Iran is currently in compliance with its obligations under the 2015 deal. He says the Trump administration has no intention of "passing the buck" on Iran to a future administration.

Tillerson is also likening Iran's behavior to that of North Korea. He says an unchecked Iran could pursue the same path as Pyongyang "and take the world along with it."

Iran nuclear deal reviewed as uncertainty grows .
Iran and major powers met Tuesday in Vienna to review adherence to their 2015 nuclear deal as uncertainty grows about the landmark accord's future under US President Donald Trump. The regular quarterly meeting was expected to hear, as Washington confirmed last week, that Iran is sticking to its side of the deal with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.The accord saw Tehran drastically curb its nuclear activities in order to ease concerns that Iran wanted to build an atomic bomb. In return nuclear-related Western and UN sanctions were lifted.

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