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Trump says Iran not 'living up to the spirit' of nuclear deal

© AFP | An Iranian man holds a poster bearing images of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman during a parade. Trump had described a 2015 nuclear accord with Iran as "the worst deal ever" and accused Iran of continuing to back terrorism in the Middle East.

WASHINGTON (AFP) - 

President Donald Trump on Thursday blasted Iran for not "living up to the spirit" of the nuclear deal it reached in 2015 with world powers including the United States, and reiterated that he thought it was a "horrible agreement."

"I don't think Iran is in compliance," Trump said from his golf club retreat in New Jersey, where he is spending two weeks away from Washington for a working vacation. "I don't think they're living up to the spirit of the agreement."

The accord gave Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for accepting curbs to its ability to make material for nuclear weapons.

Last month Trump was forced to back off from a key campaign promise to withdraw from the deal.

Trump had described it as "the worst deal ever" and accused Iran of continuing to back terrorism in the Middle East. But on July 17 the White House certified that the Islamic republic was sticking to the nuclear agreement.

© 2017 AFP