Tillerson ouster may hasten end to Iran nuclear deal

Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh European Union sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles program and its role in Syria's war in a bid to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, according to a confidential document seen by Reuters.

If Pompeo is confirmed, Trump will have at his side an adviser who is equally as hard line on Iran and a harsh critic of the 2015 multilateral agreement between the United States and other world powers.

The United States and three European allies have had "very good" talks on President Donald Trump's demand that their nuclear deal with Iran be improved by a May 12 deadline, a USA envoy said on Friday.

The document reportedly spoke of "intensive talks" with Washington to "achieve a clear and lasting reaffirmation of U.S. support for the agreement beyond May 12", according to Reuters.

Rex Tillerson, who was sacked Tuesday as secretary of state, always concluded that Iran was complying as worldwide monitors have reported, although not in its "spirit".

While Trump has repeatedly dismissed the deal as "the worst and most one-sided transaction Washington has ever entered into", Zarif has underscored that Iran is prepared for various scenarios.

Other parties to the nuclear agreement, namely Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France, have all criticized Trump's views on the deal, saying the agreement is sound and has proven to be functioning. In fact, Trump had already set a deadline of May 12 to have new global arrangements in place to deal with Iranian rogue behaviour in terms of nuclear and missile proliferation, regional aggression, terrorism and other problems.

European states are considering imposing new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and involvement in Syria.

Tillerson ouster may hasten end to Iran nuclear deal
Tillerson ouster may hasten end to Iran nuclear deal

"The president has instructed us to see if we can come to an agreement with the Europeans by May 12", said Mr Hook. "So I'm not sure that [nixing the Iran deal is] gonna end up having a detrimental effect", he said.

In January, Trump warned that the US would withdraw from the 2015 pact unless Iran accepts additional nuclear restrictions.

Trump has repeatedly designated the JCPOA as a deal that harms U.S. interests and should be either cancelled or repaired. "In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal". Iran has attracted just $25 billion in investment since the agreement was signed, significantly below expectations for an economy of its size.

Any U.S. withdrawal would likely crater the agreement.

"It certainly makes the Iran situation more complicated, as Secretary Tillerson was advocating for adjustments to the deal in concert with allies rather than tearing up the deal", he said, referring to the controversial Iran nuclear deal.

Trump and Tillerson had differed publically on major foreign policy issues the United States faced, including North Korea and Iran's nuclear deal, which had fueled speculation for months that Tillerson would soon be replaced.

Tehran's files took an upward turn when officials from the global group "5 + 1" and Iran met for the eighth time to assess the course of the nuclear deal, amid mounting questions about the future of the deal after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked.

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