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Politics CIA's Brennan says tearing up Iran deal would be 'folly'

12:36  30 november  2016
12:36  30 november  2016 Source:   reuters.com

Trump, Though Critical of Nuclear Deal, Could Offer Opportunities for Iran

  Trump, Though Critical of Nuclear Deal, Could Offer Opportunities for Iran Many analysts point to Donald J. Trump’s remarks that the United States should stop backing rebels in Syria, whose president is an ally of Iran’s.Publicly, Iran’s leaders stress that they pay little heed to what happens in the United States, that they pride themselves on their independence. “It makes no difference for Iran who the next U.S. president is,” the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in a speech last week.

Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan has said it would be the “height of folly ” for U. S . President-elect Donald Trump to tear up Washington’ s deal with Tehran because it would make it more likely that Iran and others would acquire nuclear weapons. “It could lead to a weapons program inside of Iran that

Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan has said it would be the "height of folly " for U. S . President-elect Donald Trump to tear up Washington' s deal with Tehran because it would make it more likely that Iran and others would acquire nuclear weapons.

Brennan testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on © REUTERS/Yuri Gripas Brennan testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "diverse mission requirements in support of our National Security", in Washington Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan has said it would be the "height of folly" for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to tear up Washington's deal with Tehran because it would make it more likely that Iran and others would acquire nuclear weapons.

"It could lead to a weapons program inside of Iran that could lead other states in the region to embark on their own programs," Brennan said in an interview with the BBC aired on Wednesday.

"So I think it would be the height of folly if the next administration were to tear up that agreement."

Brennan also said that in dealing with the Syrian crisis, Trump should be cautious in trying to work with Russia.

"I hope there is going to be an improvement in relations between Washington and Moscow," he said.

"President-elect Trump and the new administration need to be wary of Russian promises. Russian promises in my mind have not given us what it is that they have pledged."

(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and Kate Holton; Editing by William Schomberg)

China warns against obstruction of Iran nuclear deal .
Implementation of the Iran nuclear deal should not be "affected by any changes in the domestic situations" of countries involved, China's foreign minister warned Monday, as US president-elect Donald Trump threatens to abandon it. The agreement, signed in Vienna in July 2015 and in force since January, was the signature diplomatic breakthrough of Barack Obama's second term. It calls on Tehran to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief from the US and other nations.

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