For example, when the White House declared two days ago that President Trump took advantage of his visit in Hamburg in order to dissuade leaders from other powers from maintaining relationships with Iran - that is a violation of the spirit of the nuclear agreement.
Also listed in the government's tough talking points, according to BuzzFeed, is that the "Trump administration will not make" the same mistake as the previous administration did by its "insistence on ignoring, excusing, and downplaying the full range of Iran's malign activities. that jeopardized American interests".
The U.S. State Department is reportedly preparing to issue a report for the second time since Trump took office certifiying that Iran is in compliance with the deal.
Zarif said he has not as yet spoken with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is reviewing USA policy toward Iran, but he is open to doing so. The officials briefed reporters on a conference call on condition of anonymity.
The key issue with the United States, he said, is over sanctions against Iran that the agreement requires to be lifted and the sanctions that remain on Iran over human rights, terrorism and other issues.
"The president and the secretary of State judge that these Iranian activities severely undermine the intent of the JCPOA which was to contribute to regional and worldwide peace and security", the official said.
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Trump has been at his New Jersey golf resort since Friday evening and was watching the US Women's Open golf tournament on Sunday. He said the president found out about his son's meeting "right before" the initial story about it came out.
"But it's very clear that Iran is serious about the nuclear deal and we believe that the nuclear deal can lay the foundation, not the ceiling", he stressed.
The landmark deal struck with Iran by the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany is aimed at preventing Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon by imposing time-limited restrictions and strict worldwide monitoring on its nuclear program. "On seven different occasions, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declared that Iran is entirely fulfilling its part of the deal", stated Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) also expressed dismay at the state of the deal, noting in a press release, "The JCPOA represented an opportunity for the US and Iran to change course, broaden engagement, and end the policy of sanctions and antagonism".
Zarif said he and Kerry spent more time together "than with anybody else".
Zarif said they would discuss Iran's complaints about non-US compliance, accusing the USA administration of failing to lift sanctions in line with the deal.
Officials say they're working to address the deal's flaws and to punish Tehran for troublesome non-nuclear behavior.