Tillerson fears an "unchecked Iran" will become like North Korea

20 April, 2017, 13:40 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Rex Tillerson

Trump this week ordered his National Security Council to review whether to reimpose sanctions that were eased under the accord because of Iran's continued support for terrorism.

The White House is conducting a top-to-bottom review of Iran policy, including an evaluation of the deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The U.S. considers Iran a leading state sponsor of terrorism due to its support of militant Palestinian groups like Hezbollah, as well as its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Tillerson's remarks come just a day after it was reported that the administration notified Congress that Iran was doing everything they're required to do under the agreement.

Under the agreement, negotiated during Barack Obama's presidency, Iran agreed to place limits on its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

The Trump administration, however, has "no intention of passing the buck to a future administration". Tuesday's was the first update for the Trump administration. He also described the country as a "leading state sponsor of terror".

Tillerson accused Iran of undermining U.S. interests in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

The Obama administration said the JCPOA was a diplomatic success, cutting off all pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapons capability.

Tillerson accused Iran of intensifying multiple conflicts including the one in Syria, undermining United States interests in several countries, continuing to support attacks against Israel, and sponsoring cyber and terror attacks across the world. However, the United States admitted that Tehran was complying with the 2015 agreement, the BBC said.

Trump has panned what he's called "the terrible Iran deal" reached by the us and five other world powers under his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Iran also "maintains a long-standing hostility towards Israel, providing weapons, training and funding to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations", said the secretary of state, citing reports that Iran displayed a missile inscribed "death to Israel" during a military parade on Tuesday.

President of the United States of America Donald Trump was against the deal during his campaigning days.

Iran has said many times that if the US imposed additional sanctions, that would violate the nuclear deal and Iran would no longer feel bound by its terms.

Congress has introduced bills extending USA sanctions against Iran related to its alleged support of terrorism, human rights violations and missile tests.

"The JCPOA fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran, " Tillerson said, using an acronym for the 2015 nuclear deal.

In an ominous warning, Tillerson linked Iran's behavior to that of North Korea and said that with both countries, the USA would no longer engage in "strategic patience".

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