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Trump says he fired Tillerson due to disagreement over Iran deal

Pollard PollardReuters
Patty Aguilar | 13 March, 2018, 19:50

The US-E3 talks dominated Trump's conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House last week.

Trump told Netanyahu that he was seeking "significant changes" to the 2015 deal, but that so far European powers Germany, France, and the United Kingdom have so far only offered "cosmetic changes", a report published Sunday by the Axios news website said. "Trump said he demands "significant changes" in the Iran deal itself and not simply the addition of a supplemental agreement between the USA and the European countries, according to the officials".

Trump has pointed to three defects in the JCPOA which he is asking European allies to help fix: the deal's failure to address Iran's ballistic missile program; the terms under which global inspectors can visit Iranian nuclear sites; and "sunset" clauses under which limits on the Iranian nuclear program start to expire after 10 years. The order was announced to deal with "the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of the Government of Iran".

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The report cited unnamed Israeli officials as saying that Trump vowed to pull out of the deal unless European partners met the US's demands.

The move is the latest in a series of measures by Washington aimed at dealing with one of the greatest diplomatic hurdles before Donald Trump's administration, to contain the regime in Iran while keeping up to America's global commitments within the JCPOA.

Trump hosted Netanyahu and his wife at the White House on Monday. Given the state of unrest at home, it's possible that Iran's leaders may be reconsidering their hard-line stance on modifications - if only because reimposing the sanctions would rapidly undo what economic progress has been made since they were lifted, possibly leading to another round of destabilizing demonstrations. Please donate or subscribe to help fund independent journalism for the Iranian Diaspora.

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