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Iran's FM says U.S. not living up to nuke deal

Xinhua, April 21, 2017 Adjust font size:

The United States has so far failed to comply with the Iranian nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) internationally, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday.

"We'll see if the United States is prepared to live up to letter of the JCPOA, let alone its spirit. So far, it has defied both," Zarif tweeted.

Zarif's comments came as a reaction to the U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks on Thursday who accused Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the nuclear deal.

"They (Iranians) are doing a tremendous disservice to an agreement that was signed. It was a terrible agreement. It shouldn't have been signed," said Trump at a joint press conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Iran has reiterated that the U.S. "hostile" policies, after the nuclear deal, towards Iran have cautioned major international investors and banks to cooperate with the Islamic republic, and Iran has not enjoyed the benefits of the deal.

During his campaign, Trump repeatedly criticized the Iran nuclear deal, calling it "the worst deal ever negotiated." He also suggested that he would force Iran to return to the negotiation table or risk the accord being dismantled.

Iran and six world major countries, namely the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany, reached an agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue in July, 2015 that puts Iran on the path of international and western sanctions relief but more strict limits on its nuclear program. Endit