President Donald Trump slammed Iran Thursday, accusing the country of “not living up to the spirit” of the nuclear deal that his administration said this week Tehran was following.
“As far as Iran is concerned, I think they are doing a tremendous disservice to the agreement that was signed,” Trump said during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
Trump, who vowed during his presidential campaign that he would tear up the Iran nuclear deal, said again Thursday that it was “a terrible agreement” and that it “shouldn’t have been negotiated the way it was negotiated."
“They’re not living up to the spirit of the agreement, I can tell you that,” Trump said. “We’re analyzing it very, very carefully, and we’ll have something to say about it in the not-too-distant future.”
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also bashed Iran Wednesday, even after the United States said Iran was in compliance with the deal, which former President Barack Obama signed in 2015 to curb Iran’s nuclear weapons programs. Members of the Trump administration have said that they would review the deal. There has been no indication yet that the White House plans to scrap the deal entirely.
Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif criticized the United States Thursday over what he called the “worn-out…accusations" from Tillerson.