US working with allies to get Iran to change behavior
The Trump administration is working with its allies and partners to force Iran to change its behavior and stop its actions, the White House has said, days after US President Donald Trump warned Tehran of dire consequences for threatening America. White House Deputy Press Secretary, Hogan Gidley's remarks came amidst an unconfirmed report saying the US was preparing to launch a strike on Iran.
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Trump calls Iran nuclear deal the 'worst' ever
Trump in May pulled the US out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement struck by the Obama administration by calling it the "the worst" deal ever negotiated. "Their actions, their destabilization of the region, their efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon, it's one of the reasons that he called the Iran deal the worst deal he'd ever seen," Gidley said.
Trump says Iran deal did not prevent destabilizing activities
The US President has alleged that the nuclear deal did not restrict Iran's "destabilizing activities" in the region enough, and could not detect or prevent any breaking of its terms. The agreement forced Iran to curtail its uranium enrichment capacity to prevent it developing nuclear weapons, and imposed stringent verification processes, in exchange for relief on crippling sanctions.
Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful
Iran insists its nuclear program is entirely peaceful, and its compliance with the deal has been verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has said Iran is honoring its commitments.
Pompeo wants other countries to stop importing Iranian oil
Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said he wanted to try to stop countries importing Iranian oil by November. He said there will be wind down periods of 90 and 180 days before sanctions are implemented. The first deadline, on August-6, will affect the purchase of US Dollars, and trade in gold metals. The next, on November-4, will target Iran's oil institutions.