Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

USA to look at 'all of the threats posed by Iran'

USA to look at 'all of the threats posed by Iran'

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) said Wednesday that President Trump could effectively rip up the accord, by violating its terms on sanctions.

"With this certification, President Trump must now uphold the United States' obligations and renew the sanctions waivers", said Trita Parsi, NIAC president.

"Secretary Tillerson made clear that regardless of Iran's technical compliance with the nuclear deal, the administration is under no illusion about the continued threat from Tehran and is prepared to work closely with Congress to push back", Corker said Wednesday in a statement.

President Donald Trump seems ready to break one of his big campaign promises, even as he wavers on whether he should do likewise with another one.

"Everywhere you look, if there is trouble in the region, you find Iran", Mattis said after talks with senior Saudi officials. However, Tillerson emphasized that Iran continues to be the world's leading state sponsor of terror.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, pictured in Moscow last week, says Iran has been abiding by a 2015 nuclear agreement.

Tillerson further repeated a defunct USA accusation that Iran's nuclear program is not peaceful, claiming that the deal "only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state".

U.S. officials have criticized Iran for its destabilizing activities in the Middle East, including ballistic missile tests.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of "alarming ongoing provocations" aimed at destabilising the Middle East.

The Trump administration is considering re-imposing a massive set of economic sanctions on Iran that were lifted by the Obama administration as part of the landmark nuclear agreement that gave Tehran billions in economic support, according to US officials who told the Washington Free Beacon that Iran's military buildup and disregard for worldwide law could prompt USA reprisal.

Tillerson added that the JCPOA ignored all other serious threats from Iran.

The agreement between Iran and six world powers, negotiated during Barack Obama's presidency, placed limitations on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting worldwide oil and financial sanctions against Iran.

The Trump administration has sought since its earliest days in office to increase pressure on Iran, with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn walking into the White House briefing room in the administration's first two weeks to declare that the administration was "officially putting Iran on notice" after a ballistic missile launch.

"It is their habit to unsettle people and nations", Tillerson said.

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