President Donald Trump on Friday announced new restrictions on Iran — “a terrorist nation like few others” — but stopped short of scrapping the landmark nuclear deal that was the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement.
“There has been no change in the United States’ position on the Paris agreement,” said Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman. “As the president has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country.”
Tillerson did not mention President Donald Trump or his widely condemned equivocation about the racist violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. But Tillerson’s tone and words stood in stark contrast to those of his boss.
Speaking on his flight home as he wrapped up a diplomatic tour through Southeast Asia, Tillerson said he was hopeful a fortified international front would put pressure on Pyongyang and force it to back down from its own belligerent stance.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump “will take action” if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S. McMaster was asked on ABC’s Sunday program “This Week” about North Korea’s complaints that aggressive language from the U.S. increases the likelihood of conflict.
It remained unknown whether Putin would receive Tillerson. It is customary for U.S. secretaries of State to meet with Putin when in Moscow, and Tillerson and Putin are friends from the American’s days as chief executive of ExxonMobil. Putin bestowed one of Russia’s highest honors, the Order of Friendship, on Tillerson just four years ago.
President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined Wednesday to commit to the long-standing search for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a shift favored by Israel’s right wing that could spark fresh turmoil in the Mideast.
Kerry is nothing if not indefatigable, traveling to all corners of the world as America’s top diplomat over the last four years. But as he prepares to leave office, he confronts a mixed legacy, with a handful of successes coupled with searing defeats, especially in the Middle East.
The glow of goodwill that followed a surprise prisoner swap and the lifting of international sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program over the weekend is already being tempered by the somber realization that the Islamic Republic is not likely to change course significantly on other pressing conflicts with the West.
Amid celebration of the milestone nuclear deal and the depature from Iran of three freed Americans, the Obama administration offered a reminder of the gulf that remains in the countries’ relations.
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