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Trump says Iran violating 'spirit' of nuclear deal

21 April 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson branded the Iran nuclear deal a failure Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) as President Donald Trump ordered a review of how Washington is countering the threat from Tehran.

Zarif said Iran's compliance had forced the United States administration of President Donald Trump "to change course and fulfill its own commitments".

"The contract to receive counselling on the redesign was negotiated and signed in Beijing on April 13", the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a written statement to parliament.

Though there was no sign the Trump administration meant to walk away from the deal, Mr Tillerson twice cautioned that if left unchecked, Teheran could become like North Korea, which is also under pressure over its nuclear ambition.

Iran, which has repeatedly denied it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons, fired back at Tillerson's accusations. They have to do that.

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"That in no way mitigates against or excuses the other Iranian activities in the region including the war in Yemen that grinds on and what they're doing in Syria" to keep President Bashar Assad in power", he said.

"It shouldn't have been negotiated the way it was negotiated". "That was a bad one, as bad as I've ever seen negotiated".

Meanwhile, Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said that the USA will not allow Iran to mass produce intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, warned in November that Tehran would retaliate if the USA breached the nuclear agreement and has called mass protests against Mr Trump.

The next test of Trump's attitude toward the nuclear deal will be in May when he must decide whether to extend sanctions waivers for Iran first signed by President Barack Obama. However, the USA admitted that Tehran was complying with the 2015 agreement, the BBC said.

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Still, since taking office, Trump has stopped promising he'll gut the deal. And White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said money for Trump's border wall must be part of the legislation passed to fund the federal government, along with money to hire more immigration agents. "The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran".

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

In a letter from Rex Tillerson, secretary of the US State Department, to Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Tillerson wrote that as of April 18, "Iran is compliant through April 18th with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action".

Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo fired back at what he called the "unsubstantiated" us charges, saying the United States is waging a "misleading propaganda campaign" against his country.

Yet Trump's administration has been focused on marginal changes that would preserve much of the existing agreement, according to draft guidelines that Trump's trade envoy sent to Congress. ISIS is an alternative acronym for the Islamic State militant group.

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