Iran’s top diplomat Sunday accused President Trump of violating the international nuclear deal.
“The United States has failed to implement its part of the bargain,” Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif told CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”
He pointed to Trump’s recent meetings in Germany with world leaders as evidence of the US violating the two-year-old deal.
“President Trump used his presence in Hamburg during the G-20 meeting, in order to dissuade leaders from other countries to engage in business with Iran. That is violation of not the spirit but of the letter of the JCPOA, of the nuclear deal,” Zarif said.
“I believe the United States needs to bring itself into compliance with its party of the obligation under the deal.”
Trump campaigned on ripping up the “disastrous” Iran nuclear deal that was negotiated by President Obama’s administration. But Trump’s team is expected to certify as soon as Monday that Iran is in compliance with the deal, according to the Washington Post. It’s part of the routine certification required every 90 days.
Zarif said Iran has held up its part of the deal as verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“The IAEA has verified, I believe, seven times now since the implementation date that Iran has implemented the deal faithfully, fully and completely,” Zarif said. “Unfortunately we cannot make the same statement about the United States.”
Four GOP senators – Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), David Perdue (R-GA), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) are urging the Trump Administration to not certify Iran’s compliance with the deal in order to bring back sanctions. Among the points of evidence they cite are German intelligence reports in 2015 and 2016 that Iran tried to procure nuclear and missile technology. Continue reading.