Tillerson: Iran nuclear agreement fails to ensure non-nuclear Iran
Apr 21 2017 by Desiree Burns
Tehran, in its turn, stressed that the deal was an worldwide treaty and can not be changed, adding that Iran was fulfilling its obligations under the JCPOA.
It has repeatedly denied accusations by the West that it was ever trying to develop nuclear weapons.
Taking a tough stance, he said: "Whether it be assassination attempts, support of weapons of mass destruction, deploying destabilising militias, Iran spends its treasure and time disrupting peace".
U.S. president Donald Trump described the Iran deal during his election campaign as the "worst deal ever negotiated", pledging to abolish the agreement, though has so far not followed through on his promises to revoke it.
"This deal represents the same failed approach of the past", Tillerson said at a hastily arranged press conference on Wednesday.
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. The administration also said that it has extended the sanctions relief to Iran in exchange for the country to continue curbs on its nuclear programme.
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Mr Tillerson accused Iran of a series of "alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence".
"The JCPOA fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran", Tillerson contended.
Although Tillerson confirmed on Tuesday, at the end of a prior 90-day review period, that Iran is not cheating on the terms of the JCPOA, Washington has not ruled out breaking its own side of the agreement.
His comments mark the latest foreign policy intervention by the new United States administration, who have set their sights on North Korea, Syria and Russian Federation in recent weeks.
Tillerson's comments were synonymous with Donald Trump's rhetoric, who on many occasions - during his presidential campaign and afterwards - criticised the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the U.S., the UK, Russia, France, China and Germany.
However, his predecessor Barack Obama argued the deal, between Iran and six world powers including China, Russia and the United Kingdom, was the best way to prevent Iran getting a nuclear weapon.