Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Wednesday that an “unchecked Iran” had the potential to follow in North Korea’s footsteps — and “take the world along with it.”
Speaking to reporters at the State Department, Tillerson said the US was ultimately at risk of going to nuclear war with the Middle East nation, should it decide to keep building more missiles, much like the Hermit Kingdom has been doing.
“Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining U.S. interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon,” Tillerson explained.
“Whether it be assassination attempts, support of weapons of mass destruction, [or] deploying destabilizing militias, Iran spends its treasure and time disrupting peace,” he said.
Tillerson went on to claim that former President Barack Obama’s 2015 nuclear agreement between the UN and Iran was a complete failure — citing reports that the country displayed a missile inscribed “death to Israel” during a military parade on Tuesday.
“An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea, and take the world along with it,” he said, asserting that “the JCPOA fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran.”
Iran — Death to Israel has been a commonly used slogan for many years
“It only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state,” Tillerson continued. “This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face from North Korea. The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran.”
Tillerson claimed Iran had been “behind terrorist attacks throughout the rest of the world” — including a plot to kill Adel al-Jubeir, former Saudi ambassador to the United States.
“Iran’s nuclear ambitions are a grave risk to international peace and security,” he said. “The Trump administration is currently conducting a comprehensive review of our Iran policy. Once we have finalized our conclusions, we will meet the challenges Iran poses with clarity and conviction.”
The Trump administration first announced that they would be reviewing Obama’s nuclear deal on Tuesday.
Tillerson said Wednesday that while Iran initially appeared to be complying with its terms, the country’s “alarming and ongoing provocations” were proof that they couldn’t be trusted.
“It is their habit and posture to use whatever resources they have available to unsettle people and nations,” Tillerson said. “The United States is keen to avoid a second piece of evidence that strategic patience is a failed approach. A comprehensive Iran policy requires that we address all of the threats posed by Iran, and it is clear there are many.”
U.S. Navy sailors taken prisoner by Iran, January 12, 2016
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