McMaster: Trump Will Take A More 'Holistic' Approach To Iran

McMaster: Trump Will Take A More 'Holistic' Approach To Iran

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says all parties to the Iran nuclear deal agree that the accord is being implemented as planned and USA complaints about other Iranian behavior should be discussed outside the context of the agreement.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the USA against reconsidering a 2015 deal on the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program, and speculated that Donald Trump's pronouncements on the agreement amounted to nothing more than "rhetoric and slogans".

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has said that if the Iran deal is abandoned, it would make it harder to work out similar deals with other countries, such as North Korea.

Addressing the United Nations assembly a day after Trump appeared on the same podium to attack Iran, Rouhani warned the fate of the deal can not be decided by "one or two countries".

The foreign minister said he accepted the United States position that Iran's behaviour in the Middle East had not improved since the deal - but added there was no hope of it changing its ways if the accord fell.

Tillerson, who met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif here on sidelines of the UNGA meet, said, "We clearly have significant issues with the agreement". Trump said Iran had turned into "an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos".

Abe went to the United States for talks with Trump in February.

In his tirade on Tuesday, he called the Iran deal, which the USA and five other countries had signed with Tehran two years ago, an "embarrassment", and "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into". "They should continue [sanctions] to weaken North Korea and to weaken Iran - but sanctions are not going to stop these two countries from acquiring and eventually trying to use nuclear weapons".

"It is time to move beyond President Obama's appeasement of Iran and to begin work on a comprehensive new approach that fully addresses the menace that the Iranian regime increasingly poses to American and global security", the letter said. "Therefore, it is essential to reach an agreement, " and " I will try to convince (Donald) Trump not to denounce this agreement but to complement them by these points ". Development of non-nuclear missile systems are not part of the deal.

He said Tehran was bringing stability to the region. If the US were to withdraw, the deal could collapse. "But I think much more likely would be that all of the others that are involved in the negotiations and the settlement, including our allies in Europe - France, the United Kingdom - would actually stick with the deal, and the Americans would be effectively out in the cold".

The president made the comments during a meeting in NY with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

President Trump is leaning toward decertifying the Iran nuclear deal and putting the decision of whether the US will withdraw from the accord in the hands of Congress, according to four sources - including one senior administration official - familiar with the White House deliberations. But U.S. officials argue that Tehran's ballistic missile tests and its support for militant groups and Syria's dictator breach the spirit of the deal.



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