Rex W. Tillerson on Iran

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I think what we are laying out here is this is the pathway we think provides us the best platform from which to attempt to fix this deal. I'm not suggesting – we may be unsuccessful and we may not be able to fix it and if we're not, then we may we out of the deal.feedback

I think they can trust we'll never do a deal this weak again.feedback

The JCPOA represents only a small part of the many issues that we need to deal with when it comes to the Iranian relationship. So it is an important part of that, but is not the only part. And I've said many times, we cannot let the Iranian relationship be defined solely by that nuclear agreement.feedback

I don't want to suggest to you that we're not going to stick with the Iranian deal. The president will have to make that decision; ultimately, it's what he wants to do.feedback

I didn't know he was going to say today he made a decision. I knew he had, but I didn't know he was going to say he had.feedback

There was no yelling, we didn't throw shoes at one another. We believe they're now looking more carefully and seriously at that as a means to push back on this other behaviour of Iran's that they agree with us is just simply unacceptable.feedback

As the president has always indicated, he will let you know when he thinks it's useful to let you know, and he does not share his forward planning with people. We didn't throw shoes at one another. We see this agreement very very differently.feedback

We have a lot of issues with Iran, they're…a yard long, the nuclear issue is only one foot of that yard. We have two feet of other issues that we must deal with and it has to do with Iran's destabilizing activities.feedback

We have a lot of issues with Iran. They're a yard long. The nuclear issue is 1 foot of that yard. We have 2 feet of other issues that we must deal with. And it has to do with Iran's destabilizing activities. But since the nuclear deal has been concluded what we have witnessed is Iran has stepped up its destabilizing activities in Yemen, it stepped up its destabilizing activities in Syria, and exports arms to Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, and it continues to conduct a very active ballistic missile program. None of that I believe is consistent with that preamble commitment.feedback

In our view, Iran is clearly in default of these expectations of the JCPOA, through their actions to prop up the [Syrian President Bashar] Assad regime, to engage in malicious activities in the region, including cyber activity, aggressively developing ballistic missiles.feedback

Iran is clearly in default of these expectations. [Iran is] threatening, not ensuring but threatening, the security of those in the region as well as the United States itself. So, we have to consider the totality of the behavior and not let our view be defined [solely] by the nuclear agreement. President Trump has made it clear to those of us who are helping him develop this policy that we must take into account the totality of Iranian threats, not just Iran's nuclear capabilities.feedback

If North Korea is normalised as a nuclear power, there are other countries like Iran that will notice. We do not seek the collapse of the regime. We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula. We do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel. We are trying to convey to the North Koreans we are not your enemy, we are not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond.feedback

He and I have differences of views on things like JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], and how we should use it. There are a lot of alternative means with which we use the agreement to advance our policies and the relationship with Iran, and that's what the conversation generally is around with the president as well. The greatest pressure we can put to bear on Iran to change the behavior is a collective pressure.feedback

The conversation on Iran does not begin and end with the JCPOA.feedback

Our policy toward Iran is to push back on this hegemony … and to work toward support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government.feedback

I think the way you address those human rights issues and women's rights issues is to improve conditions in the region. And today those conditions in the region are under a lot of stress because of the threat of terror. The threat that Iran poses to the instability in the region. And these subjects are being discussed as well. There are efforts underway to, I think, improve the rights of women – the participation of women in society and throughout the region. But you know the primary reason we are here today is to confront this threat of terrorism.feedback

And today, conditions in the region are under a lot of stress because of the threat of terrorism (and) the threat that Iran poses. ... But the primary reason we're here today is to confront this threat of terrorism. If we do not defeat Daesh, if we do not defeat these forces of evil, there will be no conditions under which we could even hope to improve the human rights for all the people of the region.feedback

I think this was one of the mistakes in how that agreement was put together, is that it completely ignored all of the other serious threats that Iran poses.feedback

This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat that we face from North Korea. The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran. The evidence is clear: Iran's provocative actions threaten the United States, the region and the world.feedback

The evidence is clear: Iran's provocative actions threaten the United States, the region, and the world. As I indicated at the beginning, the Trump administration is currently conducting a comprehensive review of our Iran policy. Once we have finalized our conclusions we will meet the challenges Iran poses with clarity and conviction.feedback

An unchecked Iran has the potential to follow the same path as North Korea and take the world along with it. The United States is keen to avoid a second piece of evidence that strategic patience is a failed approach.feedback

An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea – and take the world along with it.feedback

Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining US interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, and continuing to support attacks against Israel.feedback

The U.S. Department of State certified to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan today that Iran is compliant through April 18 with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States.feedback

The JCPOA fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran, it only delays they goal of becoming a nuclear state. The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran.feedback

Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods.feedback

Russia, Iran and Hezbollah have become the protectors of a Syrian regime that uses poison gas on babies! Babies! Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, Assad – poison gas enablers. Sad.feedback

Those who defend and support [Assad], including Russia and Iran, should have no illusions about Assad or his intentions.feedback

It is clear that this is how Bashar al-Assad operates: with brutal, unabashed barbarism. Those who defend and support him, including Russia and Iran, should have no illusions about Assad or his intentions. Anyone who uses chemical weapons to attack his own people shows a fundamental disregard for human decency and must be held accountable.feedback

As the self-proclaimed guarantors to the ceasefire negotiated in Astana, Russia and Iran also bear great moral responsibility for these deaths.feedback

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