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Iran nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated: Rouhani

24 September 2017

The European chief diplomat, who chaired the meeting, argued that it would be unwise to re-open the deal at a time when the world is facing a nuclear threat from North Korea.

Kim's latest rhetoric follows Trump's combative speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday where he mocked Kim as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission", and said that if "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea". That's what the United Nations is all about; that's what the United Nations is for.

Mr Trump told leaders on Monday in NY it was "one of the worst" deals the United States has entered. It was negotiated during the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama. If the USA were to withdraw, the deal could collapse. He said that ministerial talks at the United Nations related to the Iran nuclear deal were political rather not technical. Pressed for details, he replied coyly: "I'll let you know". This is - this is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson talking about the nuclear agreement, and this was yesterday on Fox News.

"Is this agreement enough? No". Van Thio said "deep mistrust developed over decades has to be slowly chiseled away". But most importantly, the agreement comes to an end.

North Korea's nuclear weapons serve to deter a larger nation, such as the US, from invading them, said Andersen-Rodgers.

RHODES: Well, first of all, he made a number of misstatements. Iran would still have a nuclear program moving full speed ahead.

The nation agreed to limit its number of nuclear centrifuges and to stop building heavy-water reactors for 15 years.

Gabriel said Germany would have to consider whether to stick to the agreement even if Washington backed out, but said that could prove "very difficult", given that the United States would immediately impose new sanctions against Iran.

"It's probably as close to a nuclear exchange we have been since the Cold War", said Andersen-Rodgers. But why not keep the constraints in place now? From the evidence that you have seen, is it? In particular, the USA opposes the so-called sunset provisions under which the limits on Iran's uranium enrichment activities will start to expire from 2025, he told reporters.

He said that at the meeting there was "a good opportunity to meet, shake hands" and "the tone was very matter-of-fact, there was no yelling". "We are fully compliant with the JCPOA".

RHODES: Well, that threat was made in the context of the USA pulling out of the deal.

KELLY: Threats responding to threats, responding to threats, yeah. "We are working on infrastructure development in Iran and other sectors of the economy". But that's precisely why we don't want them to have a nuclear weapon.

He stated the need for more rigorous enforcement, and called the sunset clause the deal's "fundamental flaw". He spoke about scrapping the nuclear deal during the election campaign and has mentioned it on several occasions since. And that's why this deal focused explicitly on the nuclear program. That's why this deal prevents it. The secretary told reporters it would now take some time to prepare to implement the decisions. If he doesn't certify, the matter does go to Congress.

In an obvious response to Trump's "America First" mantra, Gabriel said the world needs more cooperation, less "national egoism". Global trade with Iran rose 13 per cent past year to US$113 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Thank you very much for coming in.

On Afghanistan, the president said, "from now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operations - not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables", a clear reference to the policy of former President Obama.