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How world leaders reacted to Trump's United Nations speech

How world leaders reacted to Trump's United Nations speech”

In return, Iran received sanctions relief after the deal was agreed in 2015.

The meeting in the U.N. Security Council chambers followed two days of increasingly hostile rhetoric between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, as well as Trump's surprise announcement about a decision on the nuclear deal.

Tillerson did not dispute Mogherini's characterization but said that while Iran might be meeting its obligations to the letter of the deal, it is violating its spirit.

Referring to the U.S. President's new edition of his "fire and fury" threat, Kimball said: "Trump likewise failed to appeal to the worldwide community to better implement existing sanctions and to support efforts for a realistic, negotiated solution, instead recklessly threatening to destroy North Korea".

The Republican president, who has called the agreement struck under his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, "the worst deal ever negotiated", made no secret of his views during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday the Iran nuclear agreement must be changed or the United States could not remain part of the pact.

Trump has so far done little to pressure Israel vis-a-vis the Palestinians and, just before the two men met Monday, the USA president hinted he is considering pulling out of the Iran deal.

"I'll let you know what the decision is", Trump said, smiling. He challenged Mr. Trump's dismissal of the Iran nuclear agreement, defending it as 'solid, robust and verifiable'.

"One can nearly set the countdown clock to Iran resuming its nuclear activities", Tillerson said.

Netanyahu, who praised Trump's speech earlier on Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly as "courageous", singled out the deal's so-called "sunset clause" - which phases out the most significant restrictions on Iran over time - as the most problematic aspect of the accord. He warned the USA would "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies, adding that while the United States has "great strength and patience", its options could soon run out.

The Israeli leader drew a distinction between Iranians and their government, saying in Farsi to the Iranian people: "You are our friends".

He then asked the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is in NY for UN General Assembly meeting, to "show strong, revolutionary and revealing stance" in his speech at the UN.

"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building unsafe missiles", Trump said.

Western leaders clashed on Tuesday over how to stop what they view as destabilizing behavior by Iran as the United States and Israel denounced an global nuclear accord with Tehran while France defended it. "In doing so, the United States would discourage Iran and others-including Washington's EU3+3 partners-from supporting any USA proposal for negotiations on a new agreement while simultaneously damaging the agreement in place", the experts say.

In any event, the U.S.

"There was no yelling and we didn't throw shoes at one another", he said.

In addition to requiring the support - or at least acquiescence - of Iran, any reopening of negotiations on this deal would also require support from Russian Federation and China. "It was not an angry tone at all, it was a very, very matter-of-fact exchange about how we see this deal very differently".

The nuclear deal was negotiated with Iran by the United States, Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France. The Europeans, in particular, have expressed their disapproval of Trump's threats and talked about trying to lobby the U.S.to abide by the accord.

CHANG: Did he say what Iran would do if the US tries to get out of the deal?



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