Iran 'not living up to the spirit' of nuclear deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif speaks during a joint press conference with his Georgian counterpart following their meeting in Tbilisi

Iran 'not living up to the spirit' of nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iran is failing to fulfill the "spirit" of its nuclear deal with world powers, President Donald Trump has declared, setting an ominous tone for his forthcoming decision about whether to pull the US out of the landmark agreement.

President Donald Trump says Iran is not living up to the "spirit" of the nuclear agreement.

And even if the United States does not reimpose the nuclear sanctions that it dropped under the deal, it could impose penalties on Iran for its alleged sponsorship of armed "terrorist" movements in other countries.

"They (Iranians) are doing a tremendous disservice to an agreement that was signed. And we are analyzing it very carefully, and we will have something to say about it in the not-too-distant future".

Russia's Deputy UN ambassador Petr Iliichev also defended Iran, questioning why Haley in circulating a "concept note" for the meeting on the Middle East did not mention the Palestinian question or threats from extremist groups like the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda's ally, Nusra Front, both of which have caused destruction and suffering in Syria and Iraq.

Appearing in Israel Friday at a news conference with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was asked about Iran and the administration's position on the nuclear agreement. Trump's National Security Council (NSC) now is evaluating whether Iran - as it maintains it has - is in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, and if the United States can impose sanctions.

However, hardliners in Iran believe that the U.S.is bluffing, because it would be risking a diplomatic crisis with the five other signatories, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation.

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Tillerson said the review would not only look at Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal but also its behaviour in the region which he said undermined U.S. interests in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.

While tensions with North Korea may have somewhat tempered down, the Trump White House is determined to fulfill a campaign promise - amid vociferous demands from the Republican party - to raise the pressure on Iran. On the one hand, Trump wants to show he's being tougher than Obama toward Iran, but on the other hand, he's not yet ready to rip up the deal.

The decision the administration is considering "is if providing additional such relief will be in the national security interests of the United States", the official said.

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Parsi seems to misunderstand the point that the Trump administration is making. It also said, "Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods".

Her remarks came a day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the nuclear pact a failure and warned Iran risked becoming another North Korea: a hostile, nuclear-armed state.

And the vow not to "pass the buck" to a future U.S. government means that the Trump administration intends to launch a war to subdue this nation of over 77 million people to the dictates of American imperialism. North Korea's success over the past two decades in deflecting Western and even Chinese efforts to prevent them from achieving their nuclear goal provides a daunting example of the inevitable result of attempts to buy off or appease rogue states.

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