The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Iran may follow the path of nuke-mad North Korean despot Kim Jong-un if the region is left unchecked by world leaders.
Hours before he declared Iran nuclear deal a failure, Tillerson sent a terse letter to the US House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan, saying the administration has ordered an inter-agency review of whether the earlier suspension of sanctions, which was a necessity under the 2015 nuclear deal, was in the US' national security interests.
Tehran, in its turn, stressed that the deal was an global treaty and can not be changed, adding that Iran was fulfilling its obligations under the JCPOA.
The fate of the Arak reactor in central Iran was one of the toughest sticking points in the long nuclear negotiations that led to the agreement, signed by Iran with the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.
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Consequently, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was directed to hold a press conference yesterday describing the many ways in which the threat posed by Iran - non-nuclear and nuclear - continues to intensify.
"We don't know whether or not they're able to do that, but I have absolute confidence that he will be trying very, very hard", Trump said.
"Whether it be assassination attempts, support of weapons of mass destruction, deploying destabilising militias, Iran spends its treasure and time disrupting peace", he said.
Mr Tillerson accused Iran of a series of "alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence".
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Pence's visit, full of Cold War symbolism, came amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula. The Trump administration is hoping that China will help rein in North Korea in exchange for other considerations.
But US allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia were concerned the JCPOA does not shut down Iran's nuclear industry entirely nor forever, and Obama's domestic critics accused him of appeasing a terrorist state.
In the first Iranian reaction to the comments, foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the USA should meet its own obligations before throwing around such serious allegations.
On the campaign trail, Trump was a strident opponent of the "worst deal ever negotiated" and many of his supporters, including some in Congress, have been lobbying to re-impose sanctions on Tehran.
The then USA administration under president Barack Obama hailed it as a victory for diplomacy over the threat of another new war to disarm a rogue state in an already unstable region.
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