“We need to be very cautious” on Trump’s Iran policy
Trump, the Republican nominee, on Friday said that Iran should not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons because it poses a threat to the United States.
The president-elect has repeatedly called Iran a threat and suggested he will seek to dismantle the Iranian nuclear deal signed in 2015, which restricts its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.
Trump has called for lifting the sanctions imposed on Iran since last year’s nuclear deal, and the new administration is expected to seek a congressional vote to make the Iranian deal permanent.
“We have to be extremely careful because we are not there yet, because we don’t know if we are going to have that deal or not,” Trump said at a rally in Greenville, South Carolina.
“It’s going to be a tough one, and it’s going be a very tough one.”
Trump said the deal should be changed “to be very difficult to get, to be impossible to get and very unfair to Iran.
So we need to have a tough deal.
It’s not going to happen.”
He added, “You have to have an open mind.
You have to look at what is the best deal for the country, not just for the United Nations, but for our country.”
Trump did not specify what he meant by a “fair deal.”
On Thursday, the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog said the nuclear deal has been in place for at least six years.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the deal in 2015.
Under the pact, Iran agreed to restrict its nuclear activities to peaceful purposes in exchange for relief from sanctions imposed by the U.S. and other countries.
Trump, who has previously said the agreement has led to the lifting of sanctions, has repeatedly criticized it as unfair to the country.
The deal, which is the last major nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers, was struck after Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, died in 2015 and his successor, Hassan Rouhani, was sworn in.
The agreement has been the subject of intense criticism from U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union, which wants it to be renegotiated.
Trump’s spokesman, Jason Miller, declined to comment on the president-to-be’s comments.