Tillerson warns 'unchecked Iran' could be as bad as North Korea


Tillerson emphasized that the USA is going to carry out a "comprehensive review" of its policy toward Iran, which, according to the Secretary of State, is about to follow in North Korea's footsteps.

Yesterday, as we noted here, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed Congress that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal and that the administration will continue to provide relief from sanctions, as called for by the agreement.

Previously, the Trump cabinet signaled that it is determined to find out whether the Iranian nuclear deal really reflects U.S. national security interests.

However, Tillerson branded the deal a failure, as Trump ordered a review of how the U.S. is countering the threat from Iran.

Candidate Donald Trump made it clear he was not a fan of the nuclear deal with Iran. As long as Iran refuses to allow the IAEA unfettered access to all military sites, it is not in compliance with the JCPOA and the worldwide community can not be confident that Iran's nuclear weapons program has been halted.

Tillerson said the Trump administration is reviewing the deal in light of these and other concerns.

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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 United States has been looking for ways to address the threat of North Korea's nuclear program, which is significantly farther along than Iran's.

"Public statements lambasting the nuclear deal with Iran as a "failed approach" and comparing the country with North Korea are reckless and blatantly false", the group added. "The United States is keen to avoid a second piece of evidence that strategic patience is a failed approach".

As with North Korea, Tillerson said, the Trump administration is unwilling to be patient with Iran, ticking through a list of countries where he said Iran supports terrorism and violence.

"Part of the review.is to determine where Iran is in compliance with the deal and to make recommendations to the president on the path forward", Spicer said. However, the United States admitted that Tehran was complying with the 2015 agreement, the BBC said.

The six powers that negotiated the nuclear deal with the involvement from the European Union have set aside Iran's alleged support to terrorism in order to get a deal guaranteeing that the country would not be able to build a nuclear weapon for a decade and would remain under the eye of United Nations weapons inspectors.

Trump has had harsh words for the Iran nuclear deal since his campaign, calling the deal "catastrophic - for America, for Israel, and for the whole Middle East" in a speech previous year to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had criticised the deal.

And the JCPOA gives Iran a reason not to try to make a nuclear weapon.

Obama argued the deal was narrowly tailored to prevent what he said was the imminent emergence of a nuclear-armed Iran.

"Such incendiary rhetoric serves no objective other than to undermine a nuclear deal that is working, and that by Tillerson's own admission Iran is in compliance with", NIAC argued.

The disagreement between Obama and Netanyahu over the deal had strained US-Israel ties and Obama-Netanyahu relationship.

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