January 24 2018

Tillerson meets Iran's Zarif, no shoes thrown

January 24 2018, 01:54 | Van Peters

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US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York US

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he had made a decision on the fate of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was set Wednesday to meet his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson for the first time as part of the accord, which also involves five other major powers. As he said at the United Nations on Tuesday, "The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into".

Using his new nickname for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, Trump said the "rocket man" is on a "suicide mission" and that if he persists in his nuclear ambitions North Korea will be "destroyed". We definitely do not need to go into a second one.

China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany have all in recent days expressed support for keeping the deal. However, Trump did not give any indication which decision he had reached, and Tillerson said he has not shared his decision "externally".

Hamid Gharajeh, another native of Iran who traveled to NY from Toronto for Wednesday's demonstration, said he liked Trump's tough talk on Iran.

A statement from the South Korean president's office said: "We view the speech as portraying a firm and specific stance on the key issues regarding keeping peace and safety that the worldwide community and the United Nations are faced with".

Trump has until October 15 to certify whether Iran is complying with the agreement, buying him about three weeks.

She said all of these issues, which were included in the United Nations resolution, have been violated by the country and will be taken into consideration when a decision on the matter is made. "When you see the DPRK proliferation issue, which is not controlled of course because (it is) a rogue state, and then you have the kind of controlled agreement on Iran, that is the way to go".

"I don't think it would be nice for me to speak on national TV against my own country", he later told IRINN television.

Despite that, until this point the Trump administration has certified Iran's compliance with the accord.

If the Trump administration refuses to certify and withdraws from the deal, Iran President Rouhani announced on Wednesday that Iran would respond "decisively and resolutely" indicating that the agreement would be in jeopardy, and made a veiled reference to Mr. Trump as a "rogue newcomer". "I don't think you've heard the last of it", he said. We are the same people who rescued the Jews dom Babylonian servitude; opened our arms to welcome Armenian Christians in our midst, and created the "Iranian cultural continent" with a unique mix of diverse religions and ethnicities.

"Is this agreement enough? No".

Tillerson also said that Trump has problems with the agreement's "sunset clause", which would allow Iran to resume its nuclear weapons activities after a certain period of time. He noted that Iran "technically" observes the terms of the agreement on limitation of its nuclear program. He spoke about scrapping the nuclear deal during the election campaign and has mentioned it on several occasions since.

Iran has increased trade with Asian and European countries since the agreement was signed, but not with the United States. He said he thinks that Trump should apologize to the Iranians for the United Nations speech. "We will defend this document, this consensus, which was met with relief by the entire worldwide community and genuinely strengthened both regional and global security".

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