Future administrations have to decide on Iran's nuke deal

The U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of destabilizing the world, compared it to the aggressive and isolated North Korea, and said the Trump administration was reviewing the U.S. decision to lift economic sanctions as part of the 2015 nuclear program.

US President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House in Washington, US, April 20, 2017.

A number of Republican presidential candidates promised to rip up the nuclear deal on day 1, but despite criticizing it on the campaign trail, Donald Trump was not one of them.

The US State Department earlier in the week certified that Iran had met the terms of the deal in a letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan. Yet he pointedly stopped sort of telegraphing whether or not the USA would stay in.

"It was a bad agreement, it shouldn't have been signed, it shouldn't have been negotiated the way it is negotiated", he said.

"What we are seeing confirms that... national interest and national security seen by Trump and his administration has got nothing to do with the issue of stopping Iran becoming a nuclear weapon holder", he claimed.

"The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran", he said at a hurriedly-convened press briefing.

Iran helped to create and continues to fund Hezbollah, the Lebanese military and political organisation which the United States has listed as a terrorist organisation.

The Trump administration's inter-agency review of policy towards Iran will examine whether the lifting of sanctions against Tehran is in the United States national security interests.

The P5+1 deal allows Iran an extremely limited civilian nuclear program, and since its implementation, both the USA and IAEA have repeatedly affirmed Iranian compliance.

The "America First" president who vowed to extricate America from onerous overseas commitments appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal's a deal.

This agreement was meant to increase foreign investment options for Iran, as well as allow it to resume oil sales, all in an effort to jump-start its economy.

On Thursday, the United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, told the 15-member Security Council that Iran is the "chief culprit" in conflicts in the Middle East.

Haley called Iran the "chief culprit" of the problems engulfing the region.

On April 20 at the United Nations, the USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, added to the Trump administration's barrage of criticism of Iran, calling Tehran the "chief culprit" in conflicts in the Middle East and urging the UN to make dealing with Iran a "priority".

"A comprehensive Iran policy requires we address all of the threats posed by Iran", Tillerson said Wednesday.

Tillerson expressed concerns about Tehran's continued support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and its hostility toward Israel.

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