Iran nuclear deal must change if U.S. to stay: Tillerson

Iran has accused the Trump administration of not living up to its requirements on sanctions relief under the nuclear deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has fired back against U.S. President Donald Trump in his speech to the United Nations.

In a talk with reporters, Netanyahu said that Trump was likely to show willingness to amend the nuclear agreement along the lines demanded by Israel, and that the president had suggested lines of action for carrying out the amendment. If he does not, the US Congress has 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions waived under the accord.

The president says the US can't abide by an agreement if Iran continues destabilizing activities.

"The President has been quite clear and articulate as to his concerns about the agreement itself, the thoroughness of the agreement, the enforcement of the agreement", he told reporters.

In its efforts to undermine the deal, the White House has recently attempted to sway the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) reporting on Iran.

Moscow and Beijing have proposed kick-starting negotiations with North Korea by freezing Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a suspension of South Korean-US annual military drills. And this is the real issue.

He also said Tehran will keep supporting the "oppressed people of Yemen, Syria and Palestine" — a reference to Iran's role in the wars in Yemen and Syria and its support for Palestinian militant groups such as Hamas. "What's different about the President's approach is he didn't just look at the Iran deal - he placed his decision on the Iran deal on broad context of how we protect American citizens, American interests, how we protect our allies and partners from Iran's broad range of destabilizing behavior".

"Whether we can agree, that's another thing", Tillerson said.

Richardson, also a former member of Congress and governor of Arizona, is well-known for his role as a US diplomatic envoy on missions to North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries during the 1990s - assignments that earned him three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"So, I think its pretty hard to say that the expectations of the parties who negotiated this agreement have been met".

"Perhaps the technical aspects have (been met), but in the broader context the aspiration has not", Tillerson said.

Mr. Trump says their "reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles" threaten the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life. No violations. And my honest hope is that this is going to continue to be the case. We are fully compliant with the JCPOA.

"The option that we say we have at our disposal. will never be going towards nuclear weapons", Rouhani said.

According to Israeli media, the Premier wants to take advantage of his meeting with Trump to ask the U.S. president to modify the accord, which made possible the lifting of a good number of sanctions against Iran.

"And that is something that the President simply finds unacceptable".

"We can't afford to have a nuclear Iran and a nuclear North Korea". U.S. Vice President Mike Pence joined the discussion on a Trump administration priority, applauding the resolution and saying all peacekeeping missions should have an exit strategy.

In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day", McMaster, who was speaking right before President Donald Trump announced that he plans to unveil new sanctions on North Korea, also said the USA has options in dealing with the rogue regime. The announcement stressed that the meeting had been created to affirm the unbreakable connection between Israel and the United States, and that the president had emphasized Washington's solid commitment to Israel's security.

MOGHERINI: With the hard times we are living in the world of today with quite a good number of conflicts, crisis and a nuclear threat coming from a different part of the world, the global community can not afford dismantling an agreement that is working and delivering.

Vanessa Coleman

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