Speaking to reporters at the State Department on Wednesday, Secretary of State Tillerson blasted the Iranian nuclear deal, saying the pact failed to achieve its objectives and that the Trump administration was conducting a total ‘review’ of its Iran policy.
“The Trump administration is currently conducting -across the entire government- a review of our Iran policy,” Tillerson said to reporters.
The Secretary then went on to slam Iran over escalating tensions throughout the Middle East and undermining US interests in the region, accusing the regime of supporting terrorism and pursuing its nuclear ambitions.
“Today I’d like to address Iran’s alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence destabilizing more than one country at a time,” said Tillerson. “Iran is the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining US interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon, and continues to support attacks against Israel.”
The Secretary echoed previous statements made by Vice President Pence, claiming that the United States policy of ‘strategic patience’ was over, and that the US is prepared to act against rogue nations such as Iran, North Korea, and Syria.
“This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face from North Korea. The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran,” he added.
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