Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Tillerson Admits IAEA Reports Indicate Iran in Compliance With Nuclear Deal

Melinda Barton | 24 September, 2017, 09:04

Tillerson said he had been surprised when Trump publicly announced he had reached a decision.

His comment and Rouhani's, came just hours before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were to attend a European Union-hosted meeting about the agreement at the United Nations.

In August, he warned of "fire and fury" for Pyongyang as tensions escalated over its pursuit of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles capable of hitting the continental U.S.

As usual, The media missed the strengths of Trump's speech and concentrated on what they thought was a politically incorrect gaffe or a presidential goof.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who hosted the meeting, said all parties to the accord - including Tillerson - agreed it "is working and is delivering for its objective".

The EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said all sides believed there had been no violations to the deal but she was unable to say after the roughly hour and 20-minute meeting whether the United States would stick to it.

"Perhaps the technical aspects have (been met), but in the broader context the aspiration has not", Tillerson said.

News, citing four sources, reported on September 20 that should Trump decertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it would shift the decision to Congress and that the president would press European leaders to renegotiate parts of the accord.

"If anyone exits this agreement and breaks the commitments of the agreement and violates this agreement, it means that our hand is completely open to take any action that we see as beneficial to our country", Rouhani said. He later told reporters that he had decided what to do about the agreement but would not reveal what he had decided.

"We never threaten anyone, but we do not tolerate threats from anyone", he said. Low-enriched uranium is uranium with a lower concentration of U-235.

Germany will work within the framework of what he called "E3+3" - the three European countries of Britain, France, Germany, plus China, Russia and the United States - to ensure that the Iran nuclear deal is strictly implemented and upheld, he said.

Trump said on Wednesday that he had already made a decision on the fate of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, but declined to give detail.

Amid doubts that Iran is keeping up its end of the bargain, the Trump White House has suggested that the deal needs to be scrapped if it can't be renegotiated with tougher safeguards against cheating.

"What we have with North Korea is what we would have with Iran if we didn't have the agreement", Lustick told VOA.

In his speech, Trump said the USA "cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program".

Clinton, promoting her book Tuesday night on CBS' "Late Show", said that Trump should have made a more diplomatic overture.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the General Assembly on Wednesday that Tehran is in compliance with its global obligations and would not break them. He added, "It will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by "rogue" newcomers to the world of politics".

"With rhetoric you signal intention", said Andersen-Rodgers.

Using his new nickname for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, Trump said the "rocket man" is on a "suicide mission" and that if he persists in his nuclear ambitions North Korea will be "destroyed".

"The mentally deranged behavior of the USA president openly expressing on the United Nations arena the unethical will to "totally destroy" a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure", Kim said in a statement released Friday morning on North Korean media.

They came a day after President Donald Trump denounced the deal. On several other issues over his presidency, he has teased reporters with the idea that a major verdict might be imminent, only to delay announcements for weeks or months. "And I will tell you that this week, the Saudis, the Israelis have been talking to the Trump administration saying, 'None of us like this deal - don't pull out and be all by yourself".

In any event, the U.S.

If, as now appears increasingly likely, he decides that it is not, it could open the way for renewed U.S. sanctions and perhaps the collapse of the agreement. She said all countries must "come together and defend the worldwide order that we have worked so hard to create".

The Foreign Secretary told the Guardian: "No one in their right minds wants to see the United States driven to use its military options - I do not see any good military options - and that is why all the pressure has to be on the Chinese to tighten the sanctions on oil".