News ID: 187831
Published: 0540 GMT February 17, 2017

Tillerson denies suggesting US wants to scrap Iran deal

Tillerson denies suggesting US wants to scrap Iran deal

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday he did not suggest to French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault that Washington planned to scrap the Iranian nuclear agreement.

"I didn't leave any such impression," Tillerson told reporters when asked about a report which cited Ayrault as saying the French had the impression that Washington wanted to get rid of the deal, Reuters reported.

Ayrault told reporters after his meeting with Tillerson that there was a clear difference in opinion between the two allies on the Iranian nuclear deal, with the United States wanting to review it from scratch.

Paris is also a party to the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Under the JCPOA, all nuclear-related sanctions on Iran were terminated, and Iran in return has agreed to apply certain limits to its nuclear program and provide enhanced access to international monitors to its nuclear facilities.

Despite Tillerson’s denial, there have been a number of indications that the administration of US President Donald Trump would want to stop implementing American commitments under the accord. Trump had previously threatened to rip up the deal and called it “the worst accord ever” and “one of the dumbest” ones he had come across.

Ayrault traveled to Tehran last month, saying he was a “defender” of the nuclear deal.

“We want this agreement to be respected,” he said back then, emphasizing that it was a “common interest” to sustain the accord, which ended a decade-long dispute over the Iranian nuclear program.

 

   
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