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Middle East US leaders send mixed messages on Iran nuke deal

TOP US ministers trumpeted their dissatisfaction with the Iranian nuclear deal today from Paris and Jerusalem.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian that Washington wanted tough new conditions added to the 2015 accord, which allows Iran to develop peaceful nuclear energy in return for guarantees that it will not build nuclear weapons.

Mr Le Drian had warned before the meeting: “The signatories must stand by their word.” The French minister noted that US President Donald Trump “has not broken the agreement, even if … he has made a certain number of demands that at times seem like ultimatums.”

On his visit to Israel yesterday, US Vice-President Mike Pence, echoed his president, telling the Knesset the accord was a “disaster” and that, if it was not altered in coming months, Washington would “withdraw from the deal.”

He said today: “We are sending a signal to our European allies that the time has come for changes in the Iran nuclear deal.”

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