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

00:16  20 april  2017
00:16  20 april  2017 Source:   ap.org

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on April 19 said last year's nuclear deal with Iran failed because it "only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state" and does not address "alarming ongoing provocations" by Iran in the Middle East.

Tillerson declares the Iran nuclear deal a failure . By: JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press. "The JCPOA fails to achieve the objective of a non- nuclear Iran ," Tillerson said, using an acronym for the 2015 nuclear deal .

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."

Israel seeks U.S. backing to avert permanent Iran foothold in Syria .
<p>Israel is seeking an "understanding" with the Trump administration that Iran must not be allowed to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, Israel's intelligence minister told Reuters on Wednesday.</p>Israel is seeking an "understanding" with the Trump administration that Iran must not be allowed to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, Israel's intelligence minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

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