Trump signaled dislike, but not demise of Iran deal -envoy

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

Trump has vowed repeatedly to take a tougher line toward Iran than his predecessor, threatening at various times to renegotiate or even dismantle the nuclear deal, and shoot Iranian boats out of the water if they provoke USA naval vessels in the Persian Gulf. So let's see what happens.

"Israel's policy regarding the nuclear deal with Iran is very simple - change it or cancel it, fix it or nix it", Netanyahu said Tuesday, addressing the launch of this year's United Nations General Assembly in NY.

The Palestinian President said the meeting showed Trump's seriousness to "achieve the deal of the century" during this year or in the coming months.

The EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said all sides believed there had been no violations to the deal but she was unable to say after the roughly hour and 20-minute meeting whether the United States would stick to it.

Abbas said he was very certain that Trump was determined to bring peace in the Middle East.

"We're working together on many problems, and some things that aren't problems that are very, very good".

The French leader has embraced multilateralism and even went so far as to turn Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan into a motto in favor of climate protections: "Make the Planet Great Again".

The move was a direct challenge to President Donald Trump, who in August signed a bill imposing mandatory penalties on those involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them.

"But I think Jordan will always stand beside you and your country".

"It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos", he said, repeating a litany of oft-spoken US complaints about Iran.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed concern about the hardening USA stance against the nuclear deal after talks with Tillerson on the sidelines of the United Nations session on September 19.

Rouhani added that "Iran's military power lies in its commitment to never invade another country or land".

Seeking to shore up the climate deal, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will be joined by Macron for a meeting on the sidelines of the General Assembly later Tuesday that the United States has chose to boycott, unsurprisingly.

He also said Tehran will keep supporting the "oppressed people of Yemen, Syria and Palestine" - a reference to Iran's role in the wars in Yemen and Syria and its support for Palestinian militant groups such as Hamas.

The "Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into", Trump said in his first address to the UN.

But Washington says they breach the spirit of the agreement as they have the potential to carry a nuclear warhead and has imposed new sanctions over Tehran's continuing launches and tests. We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilising activities while building unsafe missiles.

Tillerson's remarks come as the administration faces an October 15 deadline for deciding whether to certify that Iran is complying with the pact.

Lavrov, referring to Trump's speech, said that "if you simply condemn and threaten, then we're going to antagonize countries over whom we want to exert influence".

Tillerson spoke to reporters after a meeting of the parties to the nuclear deal, including Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Thus far, the United Nations nuclear watchdog and the US State Department have reported that Tehran has complied with the terms of the nuclear deal.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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