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Tillerson says he has differences with Trump on Iran deal

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Top US diplomat believes the 2015 accord can be useful to US

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday acknowledged his differences with President Donald Trump over the Iran nuclear deal, of which the president is a fierce critic.

The top US diplomat, who has a more positive view of the 2015 accord, said he saw "a lot of alternative means with which we use the agreement to advance our policies and the relationship with Iran, and that's what the conversation generally is around with the president as well."

Trump promised on the campaign trail that the deal would be scrapped if he were to be elected.

The 2015 agreement between Iran and US-led world powers lifted some sanctions on Tehran in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

However last month Trump signed into law new US sanctions against its missile program after Tehran tested a satellite-launch rocket.

The United States has had no diplomatic ties with the Iran since 1980, and Trump has halted the direct contacts initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama.

Tensions have mounted between Washington and Tehran since Trump took office six months ago vowing to be the best friend of Israel. 

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