Rex Tillerson accuses Iran of 'alarming provocations'


First, Europe and America do not appear aligned on key details of what constitutes an Iran policy.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday called Iran "the world's leading sponsor of terrorism" and said that the nuclear agreement it signed with Western nations including the United States will not achieve the goal articulated by the previous administration: to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons.

The sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program for many years have not given any result.

Tillerson said the review would not only look at Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal but also its behavior in the region which he said undermined us interests in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.

The director of the Roosevelt Fund of Study of the USA at Moscow State University, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Yuri Rogulyov, speaking with a correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza, noted that it is yet hard to comment on Washington's foreign policy moves, since the Trump administration has not yet been formed completely, there are no clear positions on a number of issues, there are no official documents, so there are fluctuations in its foreign policy and nature of statements changes quite quickly. It is also in Iran's benefit to adhere to it, and it has. The immediate concern is the ways in which the financial relief provided by the deal's rollback of sanctions is being used by Iran to destabilize the region. Washington, Moscow, and Riyadh will try to force the European Union to choose between them - as well as Iran - which in turn requires fleshing out and utilizing its relative leverage. It got its wish and was given an exemption from OPEC's agreement to cut output.

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"I actually told him, I said, 'You'll make a much better deal on trade if you get rid of this menace or doing something about the menace of North Korea, because that's what it is, it's a menace right now", he said.

Iran has appeared on the list compiled by the U.S. about countries supporting terrorism since 1984. "Iran has not lived up to the spirit of the agreement and they have to do that". It has agreed to sell 100 jets to Iran for about $10 billion.

"#IranDeal obliges USA to support successful implementation, incl in public statements, and to refrain from adversely affecting normal trade", Zarif said on his twitter account on Thursday night.

"While it is still too early to definitively state the Trump administration's position on [Iran], the early returns do not look promising".

Part of her request as President of the Security Council in the month of April was to focus the debate of the Middle East to the broader topic of terrorism and not the traditional topic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Other foreign companies have also been eyeing Iran's huge potential.

China and Iran have reached initial agreement on the commercial contract, Spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily news briefing.

But Tillerson argued the accord had just been a way of "buying off" the regime and would only delay its development of a nuclear weapon that could threaten its region and the world.

He said that the nuclear deal is another example of "buying off a power who has nuclear ambitions". Successful policy execution is predicated on walking and chewing gum at the same time, and Europe must be firm in communicating to all parties what specific actions are against its interests - and the leverage it is willing to use to protect them.

In announcing a broad review of Iran policy the Trump administration has not jettisoned the nuclear deal.

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