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Tillerson attacks Iran nuclear deal and vows a "comprehensive review"

Tillerson attacks Iran nuclear deal and vows a

Iran has yet to comment on the Trump administration's review, but Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned in November that Tehran would retaliate if the United States breached the nuclear agreement.

Secretary Tillerson said the review would not only look at Iran's compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal but also its behaviour in the region, which he said undermined USA interests in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.

In announcing a broad review of Iran policy the Trump administration has not jettisoned the nuclear deal.

The deal's critics, though, say it fails to achieve even that goal because key restrictions on Iran's nuclear development sunset after a decade or more. Tillerson's letter on Wednesday was the first such notification since Trump took office. They note that the United States is making these moves in the lead up to a quarterly worldwide meeting in Austria to review the deal. "We could be wrong". The second is the extent to which Trump's administration will attempt to weaken Iran's position in the Middle East. The French election is being seen as a bellwether for whether the move toward nationalism and separation from the European Union, displayed by Britain's move to leave the EU, will continue spreading to other European countries.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known more commonly as "the Iran deal", was the result of negotiations between former President Barack Obama, members of the United Nation's Security Council, Germany, and the EU. Iran has complained that sanctions relief never gave it the economic boost it craved, and it has blamed the United States for not doing enough to allow US businesses and banks to set up shop in Iran.

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The State Department admits that Iran has so far maintained its side of the bargain it struck with world powers in 2015 to curtail its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

President Donald Trump has ordered a full review of the 2015 agreement, which he has repeatedly criticized as a failure of his predecessor. As with North Korea, Tillerson said, the Trump administration is unwilling to be patient with Iran, ticking through a list of countries where he said Iran supports terrorism and violence.

Like the diplomats, Kirby said the administration may be looking for political cover.

"I think they felt he needed to come out and make this statement because (Tillerson) was forced by congressional reporting to admit Iran was in compliance" with the deal, Kirby said.

The then U.S. administration under president Barack Obama hailed it as a victory for diplomacy over the threat of another new war to disarm a rogue state in an already unstable region.

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Iran has continued to test ballistic missiles - which was not part of the nuclear agreement - and Iran has kept up its staunch support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. "And our allies, notably Israel, are extremely upset at the moment about Iranian aggression in the region". But the USA must decide next month whether to renew a waiver so that Iran can continue receiving sanctions relief.

"Last week, we imposed sanctions on Iran related to human rights violations", Mnuchin said adding that "there will be new sanctions against Iran unrelated to the nuclear issue and we intend to closely monitor Tehran's behavior".

But Majidyar argued that scrapping the deal wouldn't help Washington.

Sanctions were lifted after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certified it had restricted its sensitive nuclear activities.

And a nuclear-armed Iran could be very, very bad.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that Trump has not decided whether he intends to pull out of the deal or not, and that this review will help shape his opinion. "If he didn't, if he thought everything was fine he would've allowed this to move forward".


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