Fate Of Nuclear Deal Thought To Be Uncertain With Tillerson's Ouster
Fate Of Nuclear Deal Thought To Be Uncertain With Tillerson's Ouster
Can Europe manage to save the Iran nuclear deal? | Bangkok Post: opinion
19 March, 2018, 00:34
The sanctions would be particularly imposed against Iranian nationals involved in the development of the country's ballistic missile progam, Reuters reported, citing a document it obtained.
Trump and Tillerson had differed publically on major foreign policy issues the USA faced, including North Korea and Iran's nuclear deal, which had fueled speculation for months that Tillerson would soon be replaced. "What is important for the Islamic Republic is America's policy in global affairs and their interaction with us and we will adopt our own positions".
Under the 2015 multi-national deal, the United States must certify every 90 days whether Iran is complying with its commitments of the deal and decide whether to restart sanctions.
The 2015 accord between Iran and the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany curtailed Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
Iran, which according to the United Nations atomic watchdog has been abiding by the deal since it came into force in January 2016, has repeatedly ruled out any changes to the agreement. The deal, which was negotiated during the Obama administration, limits Iran's enrichment and stockpiling of material that could be applied to a nuclear weapons program.
Trump has threatened to pull out of the agreement unless European allies help "fix" it with a follow-up accord. Referring to Iran as "the number one terrorist state", Trump said the Middle Eastern country supplies money and weapons to terrorist groups. Although they disagreed on many foreign policy issues, Trump mentioned only the Iran deal in explaining why he thought it was time for Tillerson to go. "And it doesn't feel to me that they are", he said, cautioning that the situation could change as the deadline itself - May 12 - nears. It also forms the basis for most American sanctions against other countries.
With Rex Tillerson's abrupt firing as US secretary of state Tuesday, the focus is now on President Donald Trump's choice to take his place, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and what this change would mean for USA foreign policy. Getting the sanctions imposed would require unanimous European Union approval.
But Corker said he doesn't think backing out of the Iran deal will impact any negotiations with North Korea.
"But the Iranians have on multiple occasions been capable of presenting a continued threat through covert efforts to develop their nuclear program along multiple dimensions, right?"
The United States and three European allies have had "very good" talks on President Donald Trump's demand that their nuclear deal with Iran be improved by a May 12 deadline, a US envoy said on Friday. "And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately".
Tehran's files took an upward turn when officials from the worldwide group "5 + 1" and Iran met for the eighth time to assess the course of the nuclear deal, amid mounting questions about the future of the deal after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked. The JCPOA is the formal name of the nuclear deal.
The nuclear deal's terms did not cover ballistic missile activity.
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