I've decided what to do on the Iran deal, but …

Sergio Conner
September 24, 2017

Rouhani, whose government still fends off criticism from Iranian hardliners opposed to the plan, cast it as a template for worldwide peace deals.

On Tuesday, Trump disparaged the deal at the U.N. General Assembly, calling it one of the worst transactions the US has ever entered into.

Pyongyang assassinated Kim's half-brother in February and abducted a 13-year-old Japanese girl to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korean spies, Trump claimed.

But Trump's administration has warned that Iran is not meeting the "expectations" of the agreement. If the president doesn't certify compliance, Congress has 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions. Ironically, so has the Trump administration.

But since rising to the presidency in the U.S. a year after the implementation of the Iran deal had begun, Donald Trump has been actively seeking a pretext to potentially initiate an American withdrawal.

Should he walk away, he would set off a series of events that would ultimately end the deal, a move advised against by the six other partners in the agreement: United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Russia and the European Union.

What are the different sides saying?

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Twitter that the accord "is not (re) negotiable".

"It was a good opportunity to meet, shake hands". That is a matter of fact.

The Republican president described the agreement as "the worst and most one-sided transaction the USA has ever entered into", a characterization he often used during his presidential campaign.

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Rex Tillerson , Trump's secretary of state, has said the nuclear agreement must be changed or the U.S. could not stick with it. Addressing an armed forces parade in Tehran , Rouhani said Iran would not stop building up its military forces.

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On Tuesday President Trump did not pussyfoot around or ignore the obvious threats the rogue regimes of North Korea and Iran pose to a peaceful planet. "Secretary (of State Rex) Tillerson is leading the effort, and we will hopefully get this resolved through diplomatic means".

USA allies in Europe, along with many of Trump's critics in Washington, fear this could trigger a new Middle East arms race and diplomatic crisis even as the world faces an aggressive nuclear-armed Pyongyang.

And referring to the brewing nuclear crisis with North Korea, Mogherini said, "we already have one potential nuclear crisis, we definitely do not need to go into a second one".

"There was no yelling and we didn't throw shoes at one another", he said.

Gabriel told reporters any United States move to cancel the Iran deal and impose new sanctions on Tehran would discourage powers such as North Korea from negotiating an end to their own nuclear programmes. "I thought it was very dark, dangerous, not the kind of message that the leader of the greatest nation in the world should be delivering", she said.

But even he insisted that the core deal not be dumped and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that the deal signatories implemented a year ago must stay in place.

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A reporter quickly corrected Tillerson: Trump actually had said publicly just hours earlier that he had made up his mind.

A collapse of the 2015 deal, which U.S. President Donald Trump has called "an embarrassment" but which is supported by the other major powers that negotiated it with Iran, could trigger a regional arms race and worsen Middle East tensions.

Trump has his eye on October 15 to announce his decision because it is the next time the president will be required under USA law to re-assess the JCPOA through a Congress-created mechanism; this is done every 90 days. And now the White House says the deal wasn't tough enough, and they might want to renegotiate it.

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