PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it. And she also said that there was a general sense in the room that there are so many other crises around the world, including North Korea, that the global community can't afford to dismantle an agreement that's working.
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemned rights abuses in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished, but she did not address United Nations accusations of ethnic cleansing, drawing cool worldwide responses and calls for action to help minority Muslims. I think there's a good chance it could happen.
Trump was responding to a question on whether he had made up his mind to exit the Iranian nuclear deal struck in 2015.
"One day, my Iranian friends, you will be free from the evil regime that terrorizes you. and when that day of liberation finally comes, the friendship between our two ancient peoples will surely flourish once again", he said. Six other partners -- China, Russia, the U.K., France, Germany, and the European Union - are all involved and have consistently said the deal is not up for renegotiation.
On Tuesday, Trump disparaged the deal at the U.N. General Assembly, calling it one of the worst transactions the US has ever entered into.
However, he also appeared to open the door for tougher action on Iran saying the deal was insufficient given Iran's growing regional influence since 2015.
Asked Thursday whether he was planning to announce new sanctions on North Korea, Trump told reporters "yes" but did not provide additional details.
Trump's threat in the same United Nations appearance to "totally destroy" North Korea if it had to defend itself or it allies also went down badly with Russian Federation, which shares a border with North Korea and believes negotiations and diplomacy are the only way to resolve a crisis over Pyongyang's missile programme.
"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building unsafe missiles", Trump said. Those provisions relate to enriching uranium to levels near those needed to produce the fuel for a nuclear weapon, as well as other activities that limit Iran's atomic capabilities at various sites.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump's threatening approach.
As he met Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump was asked if he would pull the USA out of the agreement.
This is the third General Assembly since the deal was made, and Rouhani's appearances have reflected the arc of Iranian sentiment about it.
Mogherini confirmed that all of the parties to the JCPOA, including the United States, agreed in the closed-door meeting that "there is no violation". If the USA were to withdraw, the deal could collapse. It was a very, very matter-of-fact exchange of how we see this agreement very, very differently.
Trump has said repeatedly that he is inclined not to certify Iranian compliance after having twice found the country compliant at earlier deadlines.
The other option - keeping the deal alive but enforcing it vigorously - is one the administration seems loath to do, especially after Trump's comments to the U.N. Tuesday.
Instead, the administration is more likely considering either not certifying the accord next month by claiming Iran has violated its end of the agreement, or vigorously enforcing the agreement as is while continuing to slap Iran with non-nuclear sanctions.
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