Trump accuses Iran of 'not living up to spirit' of nuclear deal
US President Donald Trump has accused Iran of “not living up to the spirit" of the 2015 nuclear agreement, just two days after his administration certified that Iran was meeting its commitments under the landmark deal.
According to Press TV, Trump claimed at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday "I think they are doing a tremendous disservice to an agreement that was signed. It was a terrible agreement, it shouldn't have been signed, it shouldn't have been negotiated the way it was negotiated."
The US president added "They are not living up to the spirit of the agreement; I can tell you that.”
Trump said that his administration was analyzing the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), very carefully and would “have something to say about it in the not-too-distant future.”
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - the US, France, Britain, Russia and China plus Germany – sealed the JCPOA in July 2015 following 18 months of intense negotiations.
The Islamic Republic undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
As a candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Trump criticized the JCPOA as “the worst deal ever negotiated,” but offered conflicting opinions on whether he would try to “rip it up,” renegotiate its terms or keep it in place.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson notified Congress in a letter on Tuesday that Iran has been complying with its commitments under the JCPOA, and that the administration was considering additional sanctions relief.
The White House must send certification of Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA to Congress every 90 days, and it was the first issued by the Trump administration
However, Tillerson stepped up the rhetoric the following day, warning that Iran’s nuclear ambitions could follow those of North Korea.