Tillerson's Exit Could Doom the Iran Nuclear Deal

Tillerson's Exit Could Doom the Iran Nuclear Deal

"The United States, Iran, Hezbollah and Russian Federation are all combating ISIS".

Elsewhere in his statement, Mr. Trump echoed the official USA policy: while maintaining Washington's stance on lifting parts of sanctions against Tehran, the U.S. keeps cautious in its policies dealing with Iran.

Former U.S. officials and serving European officials were at a loss to gauge how the switch would affect negotiations between the United States and three European powers - Britain, France and Germany - that are also parties to the agreement. "So we were not really thinking the same", Trump said before departing for California.

In a statement on January 12, U.S. President Donald Trump gave Europeans only 120 days to agree to an overhaul of the nuclear agreement and said if the text of the deal is not revised he would unilaterally withdraw the U.S. from it. If no consensus is reached by that date, Trump is expected to withdraw the USA from the deal.

Trump on Tuesday singled out the Iran nuclear deal as one of the main differences he had with Tillerson. The US president also threatened to withdraw the US from the agreement if it is not amended.

Trump sees three defects in the deal: its failure to address Iran's ballistic missile program; the terms under which global inspectors can visit suspect Iranian nuclear sites; and "sunset" clauses under which limits on the Iranian nuclear program start to expire after 10 years.

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If they gave it to Mr Trump they'd also have to give it to Kim Jong-un, and that would be even sillier. USA student Otto Warmbier died last summer shortly after his release from a 17-month detention.

Trump has frequently railed against the agreement, which he called the "worst deal ever negotiated".

"The North Koreans will wonder about whether one can have credible negotiations with the United States", said a former senior USA official. But analysts said European banks and other firms are already reluctant to do business in Iran due to the threat of a possible "snap-back" of US sanctions and don't want to lose their access to the vast American market.

In the past two months, the four nations have held two talks.

U.S. officials will pick up discussions with their European Union counterparts about the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. Under that scenario, the United States - and Israel - may decide to take military action to prevent Iran from obtaining the bomb or at least slow down a bid for nuclear-tipped missiles.

His comments centered on the deal addressing United States and global concerns about Iran having a nuclear weapons program.

Army General Joseph Votel, commander of the U.S. Central Command, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 13, 2018.

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