US SECRETARY of State Rex Tillerson declared on Wednesday that the deal to restrain Iran’s nuclear programme had failed — but suggested Washington may still honour it.
The nuclear deal brokered by former president Barack Obama and other world powers in 2015 has “failed to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran,” said Mr Tillerson, adding that “it only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state.”
He also claimed the deal had failed because it “completely ignored all of the other serious threats that Iran poses.”
On Tuesday Mr Tillerson wrote to House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, saying Iran was honouring its obligations under the deal.
However on Wednesday he changed his tune, declaring that Iran “continues to be a leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods.”
Tehran made no immediate response to Mr Tillerson’s comments yesterday.
But on Wednesday Defence Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan hit back at his US counterpart James Mattis’s allegation that Iran was arming rebels fighting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
Mr Mattis was in the Gulf kingdom’s capital Riyadh this week for meetings on the bogged-down invasion.
“Today, Takfiri-Wahhabi terrorists are committing crimes in various parts of the world, in Syria and Iraq in particular, using US-made weapons and munitions,” Mr Dehqan said.
General Mattis “should be aware that the era of bullying, blame games and interference from a self-righteous position is over,” he warned.