Tillerson ouster may hasten demise of Iran nuclear deal

Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson. (Jacquelyn Martin, AP)
Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson. (Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

Washington – The Iran nuclear deal was in near terminal condition and on life support even before US President Donald Trump fired former secretary of state Rex Tillerson. His dismissal this week may hasten its demise.

As CIA chief and Iran hawk Mike Pompeo prepares to run the State Department, the Trump administration is weighing a speedier withdraw from the agreement than even the president has threatened. That's according to two US officials and two outside advisers briefed on the matter.

While such a scenario is unlikely, the fact it is being floated as an option may give US officials more leverage in negotiations with European signatories to salvage the accord by toughening it. Two such negotiating sessions have already been held and a third is set for Thursday in Berlin.

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