Once critical of global deals, Trump slow to pull out of any

Iran Sticks To Nuclear Deal, But US Says It Will Review Sanctions

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Tillerson said a review, which he had announced in a letter to Congress a day earlier, would look at the whole United States policy towards Iran - taking in not only Tehran's compliance with the nuclear deal but also its actions in the Middle East.

Tillerson said Trump had ordered a review led by the National Security Council to evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to the nuclear deal was "vital to the national security interests of the United States".

Candidate Donald Trump made it clear he was not a fan of the nuclear deal with Iran.

However, in a letter sent late Tuesday to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the administration has undertaken a full review of the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. But he also said that the Trump administration would reevaluate the agreement.

He says an unchecked Iran could pursue the same path as Pyongyang "and take the world along with it".

And a nuclear-armed Iran could be very, very bad.

In their first meeting, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke "at length" about terrorism, Russia, the Iran nuclear deal and Ukraine, the European Union said in a statement. The United States has long accused Iran of being the world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism, saying Tehran supported conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and backed groups such as Hezbollah, its Lebanon-based ally.

The US has been exploring ways to address the threat of North Korea's nuclear programme, which is significantly farther along than Iran's.

The nuclear deal was reached in Vienna in July 2015 between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.

He also levelled a series of accusations at Iran - intensifying multiple conflicts including the one in Syria, undermining USA interests in several countries, continuing to support attacks against Israel, and sponsoring cyber and terror attacks across the world.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, we are concerned that the government of Maduro is violating its own constitution and is not allowing the opposition to have their voices heard, nor allowing them to organize in a way that expresses the views of the Venezuelan people.

Even the nuclear deal's proponents have acknowledged that it has limitations.

The State Department also said that it had extended sanctions relief to Tehran under the agreement. "So right now what we're seeing is the nations in the region...trying to checkmate Iran and the amount of disruption and instability they can cause".

The Trump administration is now conducting a "comprehensive review" of Iran policy, he said.

The U.S. top diplomat offered no timeline for that review.

Tillerson's comments echoed those of U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said Tehran's destabilizing influence in the Middle East would need to be overcome to foster a peaceful solution in Yemen.

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