Washington, April 20: The Trump administration blamed Iran for a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods. The administration termed Obama-era’s nuclear deal with Iran a failure and said the US is carrying out a comprehensive review of its policy towards the country.
Notably, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson whole addressing media briefing said that the deal fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran and only "delays" its goal of becoming a nuclear state. He said, “Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining U.S. interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon, and continuing to support attacks against Israel.”
However, Tillerson's comments came just a day after the Trump administration notified Congress that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama, and it has extended the sanctions relief given to the Islamic country in exchange for curbs on its atomic programme.
Taking on Iran, Tillerson said Iran's provocative actions threaten the United States, the region and the world. Notably, the Trump administration is currently conducting a "comprehensive review" of Iran policy. "An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and take the world along with it. The United States is keen to avoid a second piece of evidence that strategic patience is a failed approach," he said.
Tillerson also levelled a series of accusations at Iran intensifying multiple conflicts including the one in Syria, undermining US interests in several countries, continuing to support attacks against Israel, and sponsoring cyber and terror attacks across the world. "Iran's nuclear ambitions are a grave risk to international peace and security," the secretary of state added.
Interestingly, the six powers that negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal is US, China, Russia, France, Germany and the UK, with the involvement of the European Union which set aside Iran's alleged support for terrorism in order to get a deal guaranteeing that the country would not be able to build a nuclear weapon for a decade and would remain under the eye of UN weapons inspectors.
In February, Trump had already described the nuclear deal with Iran as "the worst" agreement ever negotiated, calling the Islamic Republic the number one terrorist state in the world. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu too had criticized this nuclear deal. He said in July of 2015 that "Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons."
Former US President Barack Obama had said the deal would make the world safer and more secure. He had said in January of 2016 after the deal was implemented that "Iran will not get its hands on a nuclear bomb." However, Iran has defended its nuclear programme as purely civilian.