Tillerson declares the Iran nuclear deal a failure


The National Security Council-led interagency review will be evaluating whether the administration should stop the suspension of sanctions against Iran because the country "remains a leading state sponsor of terror". 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.

As a candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump was an outspoken critic of the deal but had offered conflicting opinions on whether he would try to scrap it, modify it or keep it in place with more strenuous enforcement.

Iran is failing to live up to the "spirit" of the nuclear deal struck in 2015, President Donald Trump said Thursday, warning that his administration is debating whether or not to leave the landmark pact.

"Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining USA interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, and continuing to support attacks against Israel", Tillerson told reporters at the State Department on Wednesday.

He said the deal, brokered by former President Barack Obama's administration along with other world powers, represented the "same failed approach" the USA has taken to North Korea.

He did not say why the Trump administration was not immediately pulling out of the Iran deal, but analysts have pointed out that such action would likely provoke Iran to begin developing its nuclear program again, and result in few benefits for the United States or its allies in the region.

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"The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran".

Tuesday's determination suggested that while Trump agreed with findings by the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), that Iran is keeping to its end of the deal, he is looking for another way to ratchet up pressure on Tehran. "The evidence is clear - Iran's provocative actions threaten the USA, the region and the world". -Iranian tensions, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, who was in Saudi Arabia on a tour of the Middle East, on Wednesday accused Iran of sending missiles to rebel Houthi fighters in Yemen.

Still, since taking office, Trump has stopped promising he'll gut the deal.

Iran helped to create and continues to fund Hezbollah, the Lebanese military and political organization which the United States has listed as a terrorist organization.

"That is why we have to look at Iran in a very comprehensive way in terms of the threats it poses in all areas of the region and the world", he added.