Trump hints at possible withdrawal from Iran nuke deal

Trump hints at possible withdrawal from Iran nuke deal

Trump hints at possible withdrawal from Iran nuke deal

"That deal is an embarrassment to the U.S. and I don't think you've heard the last of it, believe me", he said.

KELEMEN: The European Union's foreign policy chief who chaired the meeting described it as frank, but Federica Mogherini says all sides agreed that so far the deal is being implemented.

A group of Democratic senators is pressing the Trump administration to comply with a law that requires the administration to tell Congress of potential breaches by Iran of the landmark nuclear deal.

Speaking ahead of their meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly gathering in New York City, Trump said he's "working very hard" on the issue that has vexed administrations for decades.

Addressing the General Assembly on Wednesday, Rouhani said his country won't be the first to violate the nuclear agreement, "but it will respond decisively to its violation by any party".

"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building risky missiles and we can not abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program", he told the world leaders gathered at the General Assembly in his first formal address to the global organization.

Clues to the US stance might emerge later when the seven parties to the agreement are to meet, marking the first time US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif are to meet in the same room.

A lot of focus today at the United Nations will be on the Iran nuclear deal.

Earlier this month, Trump decided again to waive nuclear sanctions against Iran.

"Especially in the part where he mentioned the great Iranian nation, his comments were without content, just empty slogans that are not worth reacting to", Zarif told Iran's state-run Fars news agency.

"The Iranians are boasting about their ambitions and their activities", he told a summit convened by United against a Nuclear Iran.

"They have provided weapons and training forces to deploy to create instability throughout the region - in Yemen, in Syria, and in Iraq", Tillerson said.

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"The US president´s remarks are not a source of pride for the American nation and the elite of that country should feel ashamed of... having such a president", Khamenei said.

He twice mentioned ancient Iranian gestures of friendship toward the Jews as exemplars of the current regime's alleged commitment to diversity.

Iranian officials have said the United States will pay a "high cost" for walking away. "To settle the issues of the region, one must resort to political solutions and we are negotiating with friend countries such as Turkey and Russian Federation in Astana".

There was some sympathy for the USA position from France, whose President Emmanuel Macron said the deal could be expanded to ban missile tests and cut the sunset clause.

Rouhani said Iran's 10-year agreement to purchase fuel for its nuclear reactor at Bushehr is coming to an end and it may want to produce its own enriched uranium for fuel, but "never, ever, at all nuclear weapons". "Iran is a reliable regional partner for Europe, not only a trade partner but a political one as well", the diplomat said.

According to the top American diplomat, the agreement has a very concerning shortcoming that the President has mentioned as well, and that is the "sunset clause", where one can nearly set the countdown clock to when Iran can resume its nuclear weapons programmes, its nuclear activities.

Rouhani repeatedly invoked moderation as Iran's goal and said its missiles - which have been strongly criticized by the Trump administration - "are exclusively defensive deterrents".

"The world will have lost a great opportunity, but such unfortunate behavior will never impede Iran's course of progress and advancement", Rouhani said.

Tehran says that the missiles are entirely legitimate under the terms of the deal as they are not created to carry a nuclear warhead. It was a very, very matter-of-fact exchange of how we see this agreement very, very differently.

Iran has, however, ruled out renegotiating the accord.

It's unclear if threatening the return of US sanctions is enough to leverage either option, especially when other countries who have already begun investing in Iran and would likely not follow suit unless Iran was clearly violating the existing deal.

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