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Zarif: US Defies Letter, Spirit of Nuclear Pact

Eleena Tovar | 25 Abril, 2017, 18:55

"This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face from North Korea".

His comments came after Trump claimed on Thursday that Iran is "not living up to the spirit" of JCPOA, just two days after his administration reported that Iran was complying with the requirements laid out in the accord. Under the groundbreaking agreement brokered by the Obama administration and allies, the U.S. and other European and western countries lifted sanctions against Iran in exchange for the Shia state opening up its nuclear sites to inspectors and dismantling centrifuges which the Obama administration claimed will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. During his campaign for presidency, Donald Trump repeatedly called the agreement "the worst deal ever negotiated".

On Thursday, President Trump said Iran was doing a disservice to an agreement he called bad. "It's not clear we've achieved that result, and the economic relief they've received has been used on weapons systems and support for terrorism".

"I think the United States has, right now, enough roles", he said.

The "America First" president who vowed to extricate America from onerous overseas commitments appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal's a deal. "We're analyzing it very carefully". However, the letter also said that the National Security Council would be reviewing whether it's in the USA national security interest to lift sanctions, as required under the JCPOA, given that "Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods".

"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, aka nuclear deal) is a complex agreement, which puts a temporary lid on some of the nuclear activities of Iran", Heinonen told Trend.

Iran has reiterated that the U.S.

A special inter-agency review of policy towards Iran will now look into if the lifting of sanctions against Tehran was in the interest of the US.

However, he accused Iran of supporting terrorism and questioned whether sanctions should keep being lifted.

Also mentioned was Iran's detention of foreigners, some of which include American citizens, and the ballistic missile testing that violates United Nations resolutions.

As part of a long list of charges, he criticised Iran's involvement in the Syrian conflict and its support for President Bashar al-Assad.

Currently, Iran is considered the foremost state sponsor of terror, surpassing even Syria and Sudan. Iran provides arms, financing, and training, and funnels foreign fighters into Syria.

Iran has long denied allegations that it supports an array of militant groups across the Middle East, including Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Palestinian territories and Houthi rebels in Yemen - all of which the USA opposes.