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Pentagon still backs Iran nuclear deal: general

AFP  |  Washington 

The Iranian nuclear deal is still in the best interests of the United States, a senior said today, going against Donald Trump's claim that it's a "terrible" agreement.

chief told a panel he shared the views of and Joe Dunford, the of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"From my perspective, the JCPOA addresses one of the principal threats that we deal with from Iran," Votel said, using the deal's acronym.

"So, if the JCPOA goes away, then we will have to have another way to deal with the nuclear weapons program."

Trump is threatening to scrap the international agreement unless tough new restrictions were placed on before May 12.

He cited disagreements on the issue as a reason for his decision to fire yesterday his diplomatic chief and replace him with CIA Mike Pompeo, who is considered hawkish.

The is concerned that parts of the deal start to expire from 2026 and that it fails to address Iran's missile program, its regional activities or its human rights abuses.

A US exit could kill the nuclear pact, which the Islamic republic has refused to re-negotiate.

Struck in 2015, it was signed by with the five permanent members of the Security Council -- Britain, China, France, and the -- plus

Under the agreement, agreed to freeze its nuclear program in return for the lifting of punishing international sanctions.

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. 03:35 IST