Iran may ‘fol­low’ N Korea, says US

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US SEC­RE­TARY of State Rex Tiller­son has said the land­mark nu­clear deal has failed to squash Iran’s abil­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion to de­velop atomic weapons, ar­gu­ing that the coun­try’s am­bi­tions still threaten in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity.

“An unchecked Iran has the po­ten­tial to fol­low the same path as North Korea and take the world along with it,” Tiller­son said. “The United States is keen to avoid a sec­ond piece of ev­i­dence that strate­gic pa­tience is a failed ap­proach.”

Tiller­son’s strong crit­i­cism of Iran and the nu­clear deal came one day af­ter State De­part­ment of­fi­cially no­ti­fied Congress that Iran has met all its com­mit­ments un­der the agree­ment, a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quired ev­ery 90 days.

The White House is con­duct­ing an eval­u­a­tion of the deal of­fi­cially known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion. As a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Don­ald Trump fre­quently called it the “worst deal ever ne­go­ti­ated”. But in of­fice, it is un­clear whether he in­tends to break it or leave it in place. Wash­ing­ton Post

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