00:04 GMT15 May 2021
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    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claims that Iran nuclear deal does not achieve its goal of keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does not achieve its goal of keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters on Wednesday.

    "The JCPOA fails to achieve the objective of non-nuclear Iran," Tillerson stated. "It only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state."

    Tillerson added that the JCPOA ignored all other serious threats from Iran.

    Earlier on Wednesday, the White House announced President Donald Trump had ordered a 90-day interagency review of the JCPOA that will evaluate Iran's compliance with the deal.

    On Tuesday, Tillerson said in a letter to speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan that while Iran was fulfilling its obligations under the JCPOA, a review was ordered to establish whether suspension of anti-Iranian sanctions corresponded to US security interests.

    Iran and the P5+1 group of states — the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom plus Germany — signed the JCPOA agreement, ensuring the peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear program in return for the gradual lifting of sanctions.

    The agreement came into force on January 16, 2016, after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) submitted a report confirming the readiness of Iran's authorities to implement the program to reduce the country’s nuclear potential.


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