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Tillerson: Iran Deal Fails to Achieve Nuclear-Free Objective

21 April 2017

Secretary of State Tillerson wrote in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan late on Tuesday that Iran remains a "leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods", and that the National Security Council-led interagency review will evaluate whether the sanctions relief granted Iran through the deal is in in fact in the U.S. national interest.

The announcement of the review of the nuclear deal was made despite Iran fulfilling its commitments under the deal according to the latest review which was announced earlier this week.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out a new approach to Iranian belligerence in a State Department press conference Wednesday.

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The country has said it aims to regain its pre-sanctions production level of some 4 million b/d, though oil minister Bijan Zanganeh has said Iran would be willing to hold its output at around 3.8 million b/d if an OPEC production cut agreement is extended through the second half of the year.

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"What we are seeing confirms that... national interest and national security seen by Trump and his administration has got nothing to do with the issue of stopping Iran becoming a nuclear weapon holder", he claimed. And, after saying he would abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement, his administration is now focused on making smaller adjustments to the deal rather than ripping up the whole thing.

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Tillerson: Iran Deal Fails to Achieve Nuclear-Free Objective