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USA says Iran could become another North Korea if left 'unchecked'

21 April 2017

Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer said a review would be conducted by USA government agencies over the next 90 days on whether to stick by the deal.

"Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and it is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining US interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon, and it continuing to support attacks against Israel", Tillerson said recently in a damning statement to reporters in Washington D.C.

President Donald Trump has previously described the agreement between the United Nations and Iran as "the worst deal ever negotiated", and he is now reviewing whether or not to lift sanctions on Iran in light of the current nuclear deal.

Trump hasn't given a timeline for when his administration's review of Iran policy - including whether to stick with the deal - will be complete.

The top American diplomat sought to reinforce the notion that the U.S.is aggressively countering Iran's destabilizing behavior throughout the Middle East, even though President Donald Trump so far has not pulled out of the deal. Considering the US President's stance on the deal, the Islamic Republic's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei in November had said that Tehran would retaliate if the US breached the nuclear agreement negotiated by former US President Barack Obama.

Tillerson said a 90-day review of the deal by the Trump administration will not only look at whether Iran is complying with the deal, as the State Department certified it was on April 18, but also whether Tehran's behavior in the region continues to undermine USA interests.

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Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the contracts for the plant's redesign would be signed on Sunday in Vienna with initial agreements having already been reached in Beijing, describing it as an important part of the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday reiterated his country's commitment to a nuclear agreement it signed with six major powers in 2015, and asked the United States to do the same.

Obama, Kerry and others who negotiated the deal strenuously defended its terms and said the agreement made the world a safer place.

"I actually told him, I said, 'You'll make a much better deal on trade if you get rid of this menace or doing something about the menace of North Korea, because that's what it is, it's a menace right now", he said.

For the past couple of months we have been hearing a lot of news about nuclear weapons, World war 3, North Korea and Iran. He said one of the mistakes of the deal was how it "completely ignored" other threats posed by Iran.

Trump's National Security Council (NSC) now is evaluating whether Iran - as it maintains it has - is in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, and if the U.S. can impose sanctions.

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WASHINGTON The US State Department has approved arms sales worth $295 million to Iraq, the Pentagon confirmed.According to a statement on Wednesday, the military equipment would include two Peshmerga - military forces of Iraq's Kurdistan region -infantry brigades and two support artillery battalions, Xinhua news agency reported.

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

"Iran's nuclear ambitions are a grave risk to worldwide peace and security", Tillerson said. As long as Iran refuses to allow the IAEA unfettered access to all military sites, it is not in compliance with the JCPOA and the global community can not be confident that Iran's nuclear weapons program has been halted.

Tehran would nearly certainly accuse the Trump administration of non-compliance and might eventually decide to withdraw.

"The deal is working and there's absolutely no reason to pull away from it", Barbara Slavin, acting director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council in Washington, said in an interview Wednesday.

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USA says Iran could become another North Korea if left 'unchecked'