Trump: Iran ‘Not Living Up to the Spirit of the Agreement’

By Melanie Arter | April 20, 2017 | 6:26 PM EDT

President Donald Trump (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

(CNSNews.com) - In a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, President Donald Trump said Thursday that Iran is not living up to the spirit of the nuclear deal.

“They are not living up to the spirit of the agreement, I can tell you that. And we’re analyzing it very, very carefully, and we’ll have something to say about it in the not-too-distant future, but Iran has not lived up to the spirit of the agreement, and they have to do that. They have to do that. So we will see what happens,” Trump said.

 



The president said Iran is doing “a tremendous disservice” to the agreement that they signed.

“It was a terrible agreement. It shouldn’t have been signed. It shouldn’t have been negotiated the way it was negotiated. I’m all for agreements, but that was a bad one, as bad as I’ve ever seen negotiated,” he said.

“Do you believe that the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, is mentally unstable? Is that one of the reasons why you’re so concerned about these latest developments? Is he a man who can be reasoned with?” a reporter asked.

“As far as North Korea is concerned, we are in very good shape,” Trump said. “We’re building our military rapidly. A lot of things have happened over the last short period of time. I’ve been here for approximately 91 days. .We’re doing a lot of work. We’re in very good position. We’re going to see what happens.”

Trump said he couldn’t answer about Kim Jong-un’s stability.

“I hope the answer is a positive one, not a negative one, but hopefully that will be something that gets taken care of. I have great respect for the President of China. As you know, we had a great summit in Florida, and Palm Beach, and got to know each other and I think like each other. I can say from my standpoint I liked him very much. I respect him very much, and I think he’s working very hard,” the president said.

“I can say that all of the pundits out there are saying they never have seen China work like they’re working right now. Many coal ships have sent back. Many other things have happened. Some very unusual moves have been made over the last two or three hours, and I really have confidence that the president will try very hard. We don’t know whether or not they’re able to do that, but I have absolute confidence that he will be trying very, very hard,” Trump added.

“And one of the reasons that we’re talking about trade deals and we’re talking about all of the different things -- but we’re slowing up a little bit. I actually told him, I said, you’ll make a much better deal on trade if you get rid of this menace or do something about the menace of North Korea, because that’s what it is, it’s a menace right now. So we’ll see what happens,” he said.