Iran: Tillerson ouster shows Trump 'determined' to scrap nuclear deal

Iran: Tillerson ouster shows Trump 'determined' to scrap nuclear deal

Iran's deputy foreign minister argued Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE's decision to fire Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonStumbling US diplomacy flattens Washington's influence curve Trump lashes out over Kelly criticism: 'He misses the action' Timeline: Trump and Romney's rocky relationship MORE underscored the president's desire to scrap the nuclear deal with Iran.

"The United States is determined to leave the nuclear deal, and changes at the State Department were made with that goal in mind — or at least it was one of the reasons," Abbas Araghchi said, according to the Iranian news agency ISNA. 

Trump announced on Tuesday on Twitter that he would be replacing Tillerson with CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS to label white supremacist group as terrorist organization for first time Trump administration eyes Afghan security forces funding for aid cut: report Trump says 40,000 Americans have been repatriated who were stranded abroad MORE

The president later acknowledged to reporters that he disagreed with Tillerson on major issues, including the nuclear deal. 


“Rex and I have been talking about this for a long time,” Trump said at the White House. “I actually got along well with Rex, but really it was a different mindset, a different thinking."

"When you look at the Iran deal, I think it’s terrible. I guess he thought it was OK. I wanted to either break it or do something and he felt a little bit differently," he said. 

While Trump repeatedly blasted the Obama-era nuclear deal between the U.S. and five world powers and Iran, Tillerson urged him to stay in the agreement. 

Trump ended up moving on Oct. 13 to decertify Iran’s compliance, but Tillerson voiced his support for the agreement in an interview two days later.