Iran’s Foreign Minister fires back after Trump says his country is failing to live up to 2015 deal.
Elad Benari, Canada, 12/08/17
Iran fired back on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump said it failed to live up to the spirit of the nuclear deal it signed with world powers in 2015, AFP reported.
Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, accused Trump of showing “bad faith” over the accord.
“POTUS always wanted to kill JCPOA. To avoid isolation, he’s trying to blame it on Iran,” tweeted Zarif. JCPOA stands for Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and is the official name of the deal.
He added that Trump was showing “bad faith on top of U.S. violating the letter & spirit” of the deal.
On Thursday, Trump blasted Iran for not failing to comply with the terms of deal and warned that “some very strong things” would take place if it does not start to comply.
“President Obama in his wisdom gave them $150 billion. He gave them $1.8 billion in cash. That’s a hard one to figure. But that was his decision. I think it’s a horrible agreement,” he continued.
The deal gave Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for accepting curbs on its ability to make material for nuclear weapons.
The comments are in line with what Trump said of the Iran during his presidential campaign. After he was sworn in as president, Trump described the nuclear deal as “the worst deal I’ve ever seen negotiated” and accused the Islamic Republic of “disrespecting” the United States because of the deal.
While Trump’s administration recently confirmed that Iran is adhering to the nuclear agreement it signed with world powers in 2015, Trump and other officials in the administration have stressed that the President has reservations about the deal.
Several weeks ago, Trump warned Iran to adhere to the terms of the nuclear deal with world powers or “there will be big, big problems” for Tehran.
While lifting nuclear-linked sanctions, the United States maintains sanctions related to Iran’s ballistic missile program, human rights record and its support for international terrorism.
Last week, Trump signed into law a bill that imposes new sanctions on Iran, as well as on Russia and North Korea.
Tehran, which says the sanctions violate the terms of the nuclear agreement, has vowed an “appropriate and proportional” response to them.
(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)