Iran says Tillerson firing shows United States 'determined' to quit nuclear deal

Iran says Tillerson firing shows United States 'determined' to quit nuclear deal

We thank him for that and congratulate him on his great work and we look forward to working with Mike Pompeo.

A senior administration official said Trump asked Tillerson to step aside on Friday and a senior White House official later clarified that chief of staff John Kelly told Tillerson that he would be replaced, but did not specify the timing. It also remains to be seen how Pompeo's presence at the helm will affect Trump's posture toward North Korea and Russia, which Tillerson - once seen as too close to Russian President Vladimir Putin - blasted in a press conference on his way out the door.

According to The Washington Post, Tillerson was at odds with trump on a number of issues, "including the number of troops in Afghanistan, the blockade of Qatar and Cuba". For all his faults, Tillerson knew that a war with a nuclear-armed state was a bad idea.

Missing from the audience during Mr Trump's announcement, Mr Tillerson was reportedly against the move. "I made that decision by myself".

Critics expressed dismay at the decision to swap out top diplomats so soon before the unprecedented meeting and anxious that Pompeo would encourage Trump to scrap the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and be hawkish on North Korea. "There is no relief in sight until the president gets the objective that he has set forth consistently during his entire time in office".

Trump has threatened to tear up the Iran nuclear deal, negotiated by the Obama administration and five other countries, although so far he has stopped short of doing so.

"The biggest change will be to Iran policy".

"If Tillerson was a speed bump for our worldwide cooperation on climate, Pompeo could be a wrecking ball", said Jean Su, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity's Climate Law Institute, in a statement. This State Department mandate was essentially delegated to the Pentagon or Trump's inner circle, most notably his son-in-law Jared Kushner who has been the conduit to Trump for foreign leaders instead of Tillerson. When you look at the Iran deal; I think it's awful, I guess he thought it was OK. "Gina is a very competent professional who I think deserves the chance to take the seat", he said. I wanted to either break it or do something, he felt a little differently.

Another issue now in limbo is the negotiations to strengthen the Iran nuclear deal.

Once in office, Tillerson was seen as a comparatively moderate voice on climate change, advocating that the US stay in the Paris Climate Agreement, for example.

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Williams said Tillerson was simply ineffective in his role because he didn't always reflect Trump's views. And he imposed steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminium last week, overruling Cohn, who resigned. He did few interviews and nearly never held news conferences.

The state secretary lauded his colleagues at the state department, "The world needs selfless leaders like these, ready to work with long-standing allies, new emerging partners and allies, who now, many are struggling as democracies and in some cases, are dealing with human tragedy, crisis of natural disasters, literally crawling themselves out of those circumstances".

He replaces Rex Tillerson as State Secretary. The president regularly undercut Tillerson, once tweeting that he was "wasting his time" in pursuing a diplomatic approach to North Korea.

Last year Tillerson said the United States was directly communicating with North Korea but that Pyongyang had shown no interest in dialogue. He pointedly did not deny an NBC report last October that he'd once called Trump a "moron".

"For whatever reason, chemistry, whatever it is", Trump told reporters.

He stressed similarities in outlook in praising his choice for secretary of state.

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, who remains in Arizona, noted that Pompeo committed to not allowing the Central Intelligence Agency to return to the use of certain harsh interrogation practices.

Politico reported in February a fuming Mr Tillerson said there could not be "four secretaries of state", referencing what he saw as intrusion by Mr Kushner, UN ambassador Nikki Haley and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

In accepting the Republican nomination for president in 2016, Donald Trump described a nation plagued with problems and declared: "I alone can fix it".

Sources were also quoted as saying that Trump was irritated by Tillerson's body language during meetings, as the latter was said to "roll his eyes or slouch" when he disagreed with the decisions of his boss.

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