Trump Still Hates the Iran Deal, But He's Stuck With It

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis left talks with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington June 26

The 2015 nuclear deal signed by Iran, the United States and other world powers has benefited US national security, a group of 38 retired US generals and admirals wrote in an open letter to US President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

"Those who pressurized Iran saw that the measures would not result in what they sought, and finally found out that the agreement is the best achievement they could ever reach", IRNA cited Zarif as saying.

"We urge your administration to recognize the national security benefits of the nuclear agreement and appropriately weigh the risks to our troops of escalating tensions with Iran", reads the letter co-signed by 38 former leaders of the United States armed forces.

Under the deal, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days on Iran's compliance under the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). For now, the State Department's official line is that it's not making any major shifts until the completion of an ongoing overall review of U.S. -Iran policy, so changes could be coming.

He added that all parties to the historic nuclear deal have achieved what they wanted, as the nature of negotiation is being comprehensive.

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The deal set limits on Iran's nuclear activities as it would take Tehran at least one year to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon, and allowed regular inspections of the facilities inside Iran.

"In the meantime, Iran hawks have their eyes on Boeing's deals to supply leading Iranian airlines with new airplanes - deals valued at more than $22 billion", the outlet reported.

"Everyone understands that tension can no longer deepen in this region".

Zarif pointed to the ongoing campaign against terrorism and extremism across the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Syria, and noted that the current crisis is mainly caused by the USA interventionist policies in the region.

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