Tillerson says that he and Trump ‘have differences of views’ on nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday that he and US President Donald Trump disagree about the nuclear deal. Trump previously claimed that he did not withdraw from the deal because of Tillerson.
Tillerson and Trump Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Amid the reports that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is considering stepping down due to “growing frustration” with the Trump administration and its conduct, Tillerson stated Tuesday that he and US President Donald Trump disagree about the significance of the nuclear deal signed by the world powers and Iran two years ago.

In a press briefing given by the US Department of State, Tillerson said: "He (Trump) and I have differences of views on things like JCPOA and how we should use it,” referring to the nuclear deal by the acronym for its official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to withdraw from the nuclear deal and in over six months as president, he has yet to go through with it.

Trump claimed that he did not withdraw from the deal because of Tillerson, who is preventing him from doing so; however, Tillerson hinted last night that if the US does indeed withdraw from the nuclear deal as Trump promised, Iran will not be held accountable for its actions

Tillerson explained that Washington could either "tear it up and walk away” or remain in the deal and make Iran stay tied to a deal that will force it to act like a "good neighbor." The White House declined to comment on these remarks.



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