"As far as Iran is concerned, I think they are doing a tremendous disservice to an agreement that was signed", President Trump said. "It shouldn't have been negotiated the way it was negotiated". The secretary also said, a bit confusingly, in a public statement at the State Department yesterday, that "The JCPOA fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran".
From NAFTA to the Iran nuclear agreement to the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric is colliding with the reality of governing. Trump's administration is demanding that Congress fund a bigger US border wall with Mexico and is suggesting that his administration could scrap the USA nuclear deal with Iran. Under the groundbreaking agreement brokered by the Obama administration and allies, the U.S. and other European and western countries lifted sanctions against Iran in exchange for the Shia state opening up its nuclear sites to inspectors and dismantling centrifuges which the Obama administration claimed will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. He said US officials were analyzing the deal carefully and would "have something to say about it in the not too distant future".
Barack Obama argued the deal, between Iran and six world powers including China, Russia and the United Kingdom, was the best way to prevent Iran getting a nuclear weapon.
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. 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. "And the JCPOA is one element of that", Tillerson said.
The secretary of state later added that Donald Trump's administration has no plans on "passing the buck" to a future administration on Iran.
"The evidence is clear: Iran's provocative actions threaten the US, the region and the world", he said.
In a scathing assessment, the Secretary of State also accused Iran of exporting terror and violence, and confirmed that Washington is conducting a review of its policy towards the Middle Eastern nation.
"I think it is part of a unsafe trend we see in the Trump presidency of adopting a very aggressive posture that's threatening more wars and more confrontations", added Jeremy Kuzmarov, professor of history at the University of Tulsa.
"This deal represents the same failed approach of the past", Tillerson said. On Tuesday the administration notified Congress that Iran was continuing to comply with the terms of the deal, a notice that must be given every 90 days. Critics have said it's unfathomable that the USA would grant sanctions relief to Tehran even as Tehran continues testing ballistic missiles, violating human rights and supporting extremist groups elsewhere in the Middle East.