"An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and to take the world along with it".
"That's why our view is that we have to look at Iran in a very comprehensive way in terms of the threat it poses in all areas, of the region and the world, and the JCPOA is just one element of that".
Trump's administration is demanding that Congress fund a bigger US border wall with Mexico and is suggesting that his administration could scrap the USA nuclear deal with Iran. He said the government is conducting a review of all policies relative to Iran after detailing Iran's "alarming ongoing provocations" including its support for the region's main antagonists, including the Houthis in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Hamas and Hizbullah in Lebanon. His comments came the same week that his administration certified to Congress than Iran is complying - at least technically - with the terms of the deal.
"They are not living up to the spirit of the agreement, I can tell you that", Trump said of the Iranians on Thursday, though he did not mention any specific violations.
The Trump administration has taken hard-line positions against both North Korea and Iran over their nuclear programs, though it's not yet clear whether this will lead to punitive measures.
"If we are speaking honestly about conflict in the Middle East, we need to start with the chief culprit: Iran and its partner militia, Hezbollah", said Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. "Iran and Hezbollah conspire together to destabilize the Middle East, and their actions are expanding". The deal, he said, "fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran" and "only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state".
Earlier this month, it also signed an agreement to sell 30 737 MAX airplanes worth $3 billion to Aseman Airlines, another Iranian carrier.
General Electric said a year ago that it has "begun looking at potential business opportunities in Iran, while fully complying with the rules laid out by the US government".
Let's make sense of two moves that President Trump's administration made this week.
He said the USA also is evaluating whether to redesignate Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism. If the United States were to withdraw, then Iran would be free to exploit its own uranium enrichment capabilities and get closer and closer to getting the bomb.
The nuclear deal relaxed restrictions on Iran's oil sector in exchange for concessions on its nuclear program.
In fact, it would be wrong to call a nuclear deal with Iran as success of the Obama administration.
Trump was a supporter of the British decision to exit the European Union and has stated his preference for one-on-one trade and defense agreements with USA allies.
Trump has panned what he has called "the awful Iran deal" reached by the USA and five other world powers under his predecessor, former U.S. president Barack Obama. So when you look at it from their perspective...it is not necessarily that Iran was to create a Shia Crescent per se. Under the deal, the State Department is required to notify Congress every 90 days on Iran's compliance under the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).