U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday accused Iran of "alarming ongoing provocations" to destabilize countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy toward Tehran.
U.S. president Donald Trump described the Iran deal during his election campaign as the "worst deal ever negotiated", pledging to abolish the agreement, though has so far not followed through on his promises to revoke it.
But on Thursday, the president said a strong Europe was in everyone's advantage.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis matched Tillerson's tough words while on a visit to Saudi Arabia this week, pledging that the USA would "reinforce Saudi Arabia's resistance to Iran's mischief". Trump praises Chinese efforts to rein in "the menace of North Korea" after North Korean state media warns the United States of a "super-mighty preemptive strike." U.S.
"We don't know whether or not they're able to do that, but I have absolute confidence that he will be trying very, very hard", Trump said.
The 2015 agreement by Iran and six other world powers ended some of the sanctions that had punished and isolated Iran for its nuclear program but maintained others dealing with ballistic missile research, terrorism, human rights violations and money laundering.
"I think it is part of a risky 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.
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Tehran denies it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.
Trump as a presidential candidate vowed to rip up the deal or renegotiate it, but hasn't said since taking office exactly how he'll proceed. But Iran has not lived up to the spirit of the agreement.
Trump spoke during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. "The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran". "I think it's a false premise".
Nowrouzzadeh is now one of the individuals in charge of Iran policy planning at the State Department and oversees Iran and the Persian Gulf region on the policy planning staff at a State Department presumably charged with dismantling the disastrous Obama policies she helped formulate on behalf of the mullahs. 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.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to Congress on Tuesday confirming that Iran was abiding by its side of the deal - while slamming the country for being a state sponsor of terrorism.
Trump's criticism came two days after the USA certified that Iran was complying with the deal, which was negotiated during President Barack Obama's presidency.
"What we are seeing confirms that... national interest and national security seen by Trump and his administration has got nothing to do with the issue of stopping Iran becoming a nuclear weapon holder", he claimed.