Iran's Nuclear Deal Sparks Renewed Controversy at the UN General Assembly

Posted September 22, 2017

Since Trump took office, the USA has launched an attack against the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and the world powers, including Washington, threatening to abandon the deal on multiple occasions.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who is making his maiden speech at the UNGA on Tuesday, said on Monday that Paris was committed to and supported the nuclear accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He said the accord not only doesn't prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, it virtually assures they will be able to build one once certain limits on its atomic capabilities expire.

Several of Trump's advisors, including Tillerson and Haley, have argued that Iran's ballistic missile tests and support for "terrorist" groups around the Middle East breach the "spirit" of the deal. Tillerson added that he did not know that Trump would say Wednesday that a decision had been made. "If it has flaws we can fix them", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.

"I have decided", Trump said three times in response to shouted questions from reporters before he met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at a hotel near the U.N. When pressed further, he smiled and said, "I'll let you know".

Trump, however, declined to disclose his decision, teasing to a future date.

Trump must decide by October 15 whether to certify that Iran is complying with the pact, a decision that could sink the deal. Haley was also in the Iran meeting on Wednesday, though in the past US ambassador did not attend such meetings. "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".

"Addressing the UN General Assembly today, Rouhani responded to Trump's remarks and defended win-win games. We will continue to defend the oppressed without the threat of any state".

"We all agreed that all sides are fulfilling their commitments", Mogherini told reporters at the United Nations after Iran and the six nations held their first talks involving US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Speaking at the United Nations yesterday, President Rouhani defended the deal and said the USA would "destroy its own credibility" as a negotiating partner if it withdraws from the accord.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not elaborate, but his mention of "enablement" was likely a reference to China, which has frustrated Trump by failing to rein in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"It's an accurate term", he said.

"We can live with that", a senior Gulf official said when asked about the USA possibly pulling out of the Iran deal.

The Prime Minister asked for details of the United States president's intentions over the controversial agreement when they held talks in NY.