Iran FM slams 'worn-out' USA nuclear accusations

Iran FM slams 'worn-out' USA nuclear accusations

Highlights for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday: NORTH KOREA Vice President Mike Pence says in Japan that Washington will work with its allies and China to put economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea but that the United States would defeat any attack with an "overwhelming response".

Tillerson's hastily arranged statement before cameras at the State Department reflected the competing forces pulling at the Trump administration as it develops its policy toward Iran. But he said a strong Europe is "very, very important" to the United States.

"It was a awful agreement, it shouldn't have been signed, it shouldn't have been negotiated the way it was negotiated", Trump said as he stood next to Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the White House's East Room.

The historic deal between Iran and six major powers restricts Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of global oil and financial sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The White House will not, he said, adopt President Obama's failed approach of "strategic patience".

U.S. president Donald Trump described the Iran deal during his election campaign as the "worst deal ever negotiated", pledging to abolish the agreement, though has so far not followed through on his promises to revoke it.

Trump didn't specifically weigh in on the French election, nor would he say outright whether he supported countries staying in the EU.

Grappling with other national security concerns, Trump said he did not see a role for the United States in Libya, adding that the USA "has right now enough roles". "We buy them off for a short period of time, and then someone has to deal with it later", Tillerson added.

Last month Trump's Defense Secretary James Mattis said Iran continued to behave as an exporter of terrorism and still sponsors militant activity.

He said his administration would have more to say about the arrangement in the near future.

And, with a funding deadline looming to keep the government running, Trump said it was possible Congress would manage to accomplish it all next week or "shortly thereafter".

"The fact is, NAFTA, whether it's Mexico or Canada, is a disaster for our country", Trump said.

The move is the latest attempt by Mr Trump to refocus his efforts on protecting American jobs and manufacturing, a key election campaign.