McMaster: US Iran Policy to 'Change Fundamentally'


McMaster: US Iran Policy to 'Change Fundamentally'

"The U.S. and the Zionist regime have isolated themselves by expressing opposition to the nuclear agreement, which is hailed by the entire world community as a win for worldwide diplomacy", he said.

Iran says all of its missiles are created to carry conventional warheads only and their range has been limited, although commanders say they have the technology to go further.

The worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran is a "closed issue" and can not be extended or changed in any way, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared today, flatly rejecting President Donald Trump's criticism that the deal is weak and "an embarrassment".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani retaliated during his address at the general assembly on Wednesday by calling Trump a "rogue newcomer to the world of politics", without naming him.

"Ugly, ignorant words were spoken by the USA president against the Iranian nation", he said.

"As long as some speak in the language of threats, the strengthening of the country's defence capabilities will continue and Iran will not seek permission from any country for producing various kinds of missile", Defence Minister Amir Hatami said in a statement.

He said Iran was complying with the deal but businesses had been reluctant to commit to investments and contracts out of concern that the United States could re-impose sanctions under the agreement's "snapback provision".

Trump said that he has decided what to do about the Iran deal, which he has strongly and repeatedly criticised, but he did not say what that decision was.

McMaster spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo, castigating the deal's sunset clause, which lifts restrictions on Iran's nuclear program after 2025, as well as the trustworthiness of the Iranian regime.

Since then, the International Atomic Energy Agency has been regularly inspecting Iranian sites. Now, the issue is if they would agree to join the U.S.to pressure Iran back to the negotiating table.

In his speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump called the accord "nothing short of an embarrassment" and the "worst one-sided deal perhaps in American history".

In his speech at the United Nations, Trump accused Iran of supporting terrorists and called Tehran a "corrupt dictatorship" and a "murderous regime". North Korea has marched closer to achieving a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike America.

According to USA law, the administration must certify the Iran deal every 90 days.

The rhetorical threats have anxious the other countries in the agreement: Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation.

Zarif, who had a friendly, collegial relationship with former Secretary of State John Kerry while they negotiated the nuclear deal, was quick to denounce Trump's speech. "Perhaps the technical aspects have [been met], but in the broader context the aspiration has not", he said.

"He hated it when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson certified the last time around", Bremmer said.

Otherwise, the matter goes to Congress, which would have 60 days to vote by simple majority on whether to waive the sanctions again.