Warning of 'alarming provocations,' USA announces review of Iran

In their first meeting, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke "at length" about terrorism, Russia, the Iran nuclear deal and Ukraine, the European Union said in a statement.

"Worn-out USA accusations can't mask its admission of Iran's compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal", Zarif wrote on Twitter.

The U.S secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has accused Iran of "alarming ongoing provocations" to destabilize countries in the Middle East and said the Trump administration has launched a review of its policy towards Tehran.

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

In a letter to US House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan released late on Tuesday, Tillerson declared that Iran was meeting its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal but there were concerns about Tehran's role as a state sponsor of terrorism.

During his presidential campaign, Trump called the agreement "the worst deal ever negotiated", raising questions over whether he would rip up the agreement once he took office.

"President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States", Tillerson added.

However, while Washington may not be prepared to completely break with the accord and re-introduce sanctions lifted as part of the deal, it could impose new penalties against Iran for its alleged sponsorship of terrorist organizations in other countries.

The secretary of state earlier acknowledged the Iranians had met the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal.

The Trump administration is now conducting a "comprehensive review" of Iran policy, he said.

Tillerson said one of the mistakes in the way the agreement was put together was that it ignored all the other serious threats Iran posed outside of its nuclear program.

Tillerson, during the press briefing, had also described Tehran as a "leading state sponsor of terror".

He said the deal, brokered by former President Barack Obama's administration along with other world powers, represented the "same failed approach" the USA has taken to North Korea.

Iran has maintained that none of its nuclear activity is geared to developing weapons.

Tillerson added that Iran's provocative actions threaten the United States, the region, and the world.

"Such incendiary rhetoric serves no goal 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 U.S. has been exploring ways to address the threat of North Korea's nuclear program, which is significantly farther along than Iran's.

"The United States is keen to avoid a second piece of evidence that strategic patience is a failed approach", he continued.

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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