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Iran nuclear deal: What is it?

Iran nuclear deal: What is it?

Speaking at the UN General Assembly of world leaders, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded forcefully to Trump's pugnacious speech on Tuesday by saying Iran would not be pushed around by a relative newcomer to the world stage. Kicking the debate to Congress, some have argued, would also give the administration leverage with Iran -- a shot across the bow that sanctions could be imminent if they do not renegotiate the terms. But the Iran deal has never been popular in Congress, where more than half of the members opposed it coming into force in early 2016 and lawmakers continue to be angered by Iran's recent ballistic-missile tests.

The meeting comes as Trump decides whether to withdraw from the nuclear deal. Iran, he indicated, will not be interested in entering new negotiations.

"You can't achieve 125 percent of this deal with 80 percent - or 90 percent even - of the leverage we had before, so you would have to bring other things to the table, not just pressure", Colin Kahl, an adviser to Obama, told reporters Wednesday. In reality, Iran has little incentive to negotiate such concessions.

Netanyahu thanked Trump for his and the United States' support for Israel, and said he wanted to focus on the Iranian threat and Tehran's growing clout in Syria.

He says his first meeting with the Iranians was "very matter of fact".

Should the United States pull out, Iran's "hand would be completely open to take any action that we see as beneficial to our country", Rouhani added.

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The US has "significant issues" with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after meeting his Iranian counterpart here amidst global efforts to implement the crucial agreement. Iran also has said it has no intention ever of acquiring nuclear weapons, but the USA and Israel are among the countries that do not accept those assurances, citing Iran's past nuclear activities.

"It's essential to maintain the agreement to prevent a spiral of proliferation that would encourage hardliners in Iran to pursue nuclear weapons", Le Drian said, according to an i24 News report.

"We have suspicions on at least three fronts that the Americans are creating weapons systems which violate or could violate the treaty obligations", said Lavrov, who said Moscow had relayed its concerns to the United States.

Washington and Tehran's top diplomats confronted each other for the first time Wednesday as envoys scrambled to save the Iran nuclear deal from a skeptical Donald Trump.

"I do believe that if the United States of America breaks the commitment under the JCPOA no other government in the future will be ready and willing to talk or negotiate with the United States of America", he said, adding,"a government that chooses to trample upon her legal and legitimate worldwide commitments, a conversation or negotiation with such a government would be a waste of time".

The IAEA is the body ensuring the accord is carried out, but the United States and Iran quarrelled over how Tehran's nuclear activities should be policed at an IAEA meeting on Monday after a call by Washington last month for wider inspections. "We are talking about enrichment, not building an atom bomb, even in Japan today they have enrichment, and with enrichment their power plants are receiving the needed fuel through enriched uranium".

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Mr Trump said at that meeting that a peace deal would be a "fantastic achievement" and that "we are giving it an absolute go".

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said Iran's 2015 pact with six world powers to curb its nuclear programme in return for loosening economic sanctions was "an embarrassment to the United States".

One senior Republican lawmaker made a public appeal for Trump not to abandon the accord.

The foreign minister said scrapping the 2015 nuclear deal would launch an arms race with "neighboring countries that would feel encouraged to head into the same direction".

Tillerson's remarks come as the administration faces an October 15 deadline for deciding whether to certify that Iran is complying with the pact.

President Donald Trump's threat before the world to obliterate North Korea left no doubt about his determination to stop the communist country's nuclear weapons buildup.

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