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Iran says Tillerson firing shows US 'determined' to quit nuclear deal

AFP  |  Tehran 

US Rex Tillerson's sacking shows that is set on quitting the nuclear deal between and powers, Iran's said today.

"The is determined to leave the nuclear deal, and changes at the State Department were made with that goal in mind -- or at least it was one of the reasons," said in comments carried by state new agency

US announced Tillerson's departure in a tweet on Tuesday, saying he would be replaced by Mike Pompeo, who takes a much harder line on than his predecessor.

Trump has repeatedly slammed the 2015 nuclear deal, under which agreed to freeze its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of crippling international sanctions.

Despite Tillerson's determination to stick with the deal, Trump has threatened to scrap what he has dubbed a "terrible" agreement unless tough new restrictions were placed on by May 12.

A US exit could kill the pact between Iran, and the five permanent members of the Security Council.

The deal's backers have presented it as a victory for diplomacy and nuclear non-proliferation efforts.

has repeatedly ruled out changing a single comma of the text.

The UN's nuclear agency, the IAEA, confirmed in February that had met its obligations under the agreement.

"If the US quits the nuclear deal, we will also quit it," Araghchi said Wednesday. "We have told the Europeans that if they can't keep the US in the deal, Iran will also leave it."

His comments contrast with those of Iranian officials including Hassan Rouhani, who has said Iran will stick with the agreement as long as it is beneficial for the country -- even if the leaves.

While Iran has reaped massive economic benefits from the accord, notably by being able to resume oil exports, it is still constrained by US sanctions in other areas.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 21:05 IST