Democrats in Congress brace for new Iran nuclear fight

Iran’s heavy water nuclear facilities near the central city of Arak

Iran’s heavy water nuclear facilities near the central city of Arak

It was mainly a procedural move, but it was significant since reimposing nuclear-related sanctions could lead Iran to end its compliance with the deal and revert back to rapid uranium enrichment - something it's threatened to do if the United States reneges.

While McMaster declined to offer insight into the decision, he acknowledged it "is accurate" Trump is keen on renegotiating parts of the agreement that pertain to the pact's expiration and Iran's ballistic missile programs.

No agreement is ideal, he said, but if the accord is discarded, the entire non-proliferation system would suffer, the Xinhua news agency reported. "I don't think you've heard the last of it", he said.

"The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into".

And if a future administration is faced with an Iran that decides to break out and go for a nuclear weapon, it will have all of the tools that we had to deal with it but with a lot more knowledge about what Iran is doing, who the people are, what the places are, what the technology is.

The nuclear deal involves the monitoring and limitation of Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of worldwide sanctions.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogerhini met US Vice President Mike Pence and argued that the deal is working and that Iran has been found to be living up to its commitments by nuclear watchdog the IAEA.

MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: For now the Trump administration has kept up its side of the bargain continuing to offer Iran sanctions relief in return for limits on Iran's nuclear program.

It is noted that at the meeting the latest report by Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, was considered.

Tillerson said that while Iran might be meeting its obligations to the letter of the deal, it is violating its spirit.

The secretary of state said the US had presented its case to its allies and shared its concerns about Iran's troubling behavior. "The world will have lost a great opportunity", Rouhani told the world body.

I have decided. That's what President Trump said yesterday when asked whether he had decided what to do about the Iran nuclear deal.

Zarif, who had a friendly, collegial relationship with former Secretary of State John Kerry while they negotiated the nuclear deal, was quick to denounce Trump's speech. This is a building from the frame of which, if you take off a single brick, the entire building will collapse.

Trump has said repeatedly that he is inclined not to certify Iranian compliance after having twice found it compliant at earlier deadlines. How can the United States hope to effectively lead future diplomatic alliances if its partners know the USA support for the deal they are collectively negotiating may only last as long as the next president?

Russian Federation voiced its concern over the uncertainty surrounding the Iran nuclear deal. If the US were to withdraw, the deal could collapse.

"If [the US] is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea", he added. "Do we really want two of these situations?"

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