The Trump administration at that time not only called for new sanctions on Iran over its "maligning" regional behavior and ballistic missile program, but also a reopening of the nuclear deal itself - and a unilateral extension of its most controversial terms, beyond several key expiration dates set to arrive in 10 to 15 years.
Since the nuclear deal entered into force, the committee holds a meeting every three months to discuss the course of implementation, and this was the last meeting before May 12, when US President will announce whether he would ratify the agreement.
"Now he has a secretary of state who 100% shares his views on the nature and gravity of the Iranian threat and the fatal flaws of the JCPOA", Dubowitz said in an interview, using the initialism for the deal's official name.
Ambassador Dzhagaryan also expressed satisfaction with Tehran-Moscow ties, saying relations between the two countries have developed in different areas, including the political field. "Conversely, it has virtually guaranteed that Iran will have the freedom to build an arsenal of nuclear weapons at the end of the commitment", Pompeo wrote in opposition to the deal while serving as a USA representative.
Iran's ambassador to UK and member of the Iranian negotiating team, Hamid Baeidinejad, wrote on his Twitter account: "At the meeting of the Joint Commission for the Nuclear Agreement, the United States in exchange other countries' cooperation, was under pressure and isolation more than ever".
I believe Israel would then feel justified in taking military action against Iran, which has been threatening its national security for decades.
Trump delivered an ultimatum to European powers on January 12, saying they must agree to "fix the awful flaws of the Iran nuclear deal" or he would refuse to extend USA sanctions relief on Iran that it calls for. Trump, who has long criticized the nuclear deal, it out on Tuesday as one of the main areas in which he had differences with Tillerson. It was disclosed that London, Paris and Berlin proposed European Union sanctions against Iran for their ballistic missiles and regional paper, in an attempt to keep the United States within the JCPOA.
"Now you have the appointment of someone who has made it an article of faith that the Iran deal is a bad deal that needs to be ripped up", said Robert Malley, president of the International Crisis Group who helped broker the Iran negotiations under the Obama administration.
Pompeo may moderate some of his criticisms of the nuclear deal if he becomes secretary.But Trump believes the nuclear deal and the sanctions relief that came with it have empowered Tehran in other policy spheres. The US sanctions will resume unless Trump issues new "waivers" to delay them on May 12.
Trump's pick for Secretary of State, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, is an Iran hardliner, whereas Tillerson had encouraged Trump to stay in the pact.